Responses to Dear Earth

Curated by Daphne Chouliaraki Milner

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Responses to Dear Earth

As Atmos takes a two-week pause to rest and renew, we present a curation of words, photographs, and moving images that explore themes of love, unity, and justice in response to the Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition, Dear Earth.

Untitled by Chieska Fortune Smith

Dear Earth,

All of the beauty I’ve ever known is yours. At last, I made it to your home. My neighbors will say hello with croaks and squeaks while the insect highways fill the air with a gentle energetic hum. Your generosity is the sustenance of our jubilee, and all are welcome to join.

From Isaias Hernandez
Runes by Tami Aftab and Jessy Boon Cowler
Provisions by Daphne Chouliaraki Milner

Everyday I watch our own government continue to sell us down the river. The Rosebank oil field is the largest undeveloped oil field in the North Sea, and together with the energy company Equinor, this is their latest pursuit. Yet the science is clear: we cannot have any new oil and gas in the midst of a climate emergency if we are to stay within 1.5 degrees of warming. Yet these ‘leaders’ continue to prioritise profit over people. Dear Earth, you are not forgotten. We are here to say loud and clear that we will never stop until justice is served. We won’t stop until we #StopRosebank.

From Tori Tsui
In Protest by Marcel Mckenzie
Untitled, Livingstone, Guatemala, 2019 by Juan Brenner
Paris, October 2021 by Olgaç Bozalp

Dear Earth,

The weight of the world often feels heavy on my heart and soul, but when I am weighed down by the realities of this world I am pulled closer to you. To keep hold of a heart that is as soft and as fertile as soil is to know you.

From Mikaela Loach
Hide and Seek, Apyterewa Territory, Para, Brazil, 2021 by Stefan Dotter
Untitled by Sirui Ma

Dear (Mother) Earth
Heartfelt Greetings to You.
Mother Consoler Carer Supporter.
A shower of Love.
A love we neglect as we take
Your provenance for
granted.
As we instigate
ourselves as Primary.
Ignoring that
We
Are
Secondary, temporary,
Impermanent.
On behalf of your renegade
Children
I salute you
Our Dear Earth(Mother) and
Say
Thank You

From Margaret Mckenzie
Benzaiten, 2021 by Stefanie Moshammer
La Novia by Silvana Trevale

Dear Earth,

Words are not enough. We do not share the same tongue, you and I. But we speak in rhythms. Dance in cycles. These tokens lined in black and light can only be for me. Selfish letters. But I hope you hear my actions echo out, drumming rest and revolution.

From Ellen Miles, activist and author
Sullen Girl by Olivia Lifungula; Post-Production by Sheriff Projects; Makeup by Cate Urena; Creative Direction by Rose Katembo; Talent is Chloe Vero at IMG
Untitled by Eduard Sánchez Ribot

Dear Earth,

I hold hope and despair for a future in which joy is a choice and action against land exploitation is not. Mother Earth, my mother, my older sister, her twins, and I depend on it.

From Evan Benally Atwood
Nihimá dòò shimá dòò shadí dòò shi by Evan Benally Atwood
We Miss You Already by Jesse McClary

Dear Earth,

Your ocean waters are the primordial engine keeping all life in balance–and we are your grateful passengers. Together, we are learning how to protect and restore your fragile ecosystems and climate. Over the years, I have seen firsthand what people can achieve when we rise as one to solve even the greatest of challenges. You have given us the food on our tables, the air in our lungs, and the will to thrive against all odds.

From Cristina Mittermeier
Untitled by Louisiana Mei Gelpi
Agua by Denisse Ariana Pérez

Dear Earth,

How can I write you a letter that isn’t also to myself? You granted me my very bones. One day I’ll return them, particles redistributed across ages as continents shuffle and seas shift. Against the span of time, I’m happy to have a moment to say I love you.

From Riley Black
The Most Important Thing by Naguel Rivero
Cell Palms by Allie Leepson
Untitled by Bharat Sikka

Dear Earth,

Every word I write is for you, every line and meter by which I measure my life. You were my first love, and you will be my last.

From Willow Defebaugh

Film by Vivek Vadoliya

Responses to Dear Earth is also showing in the Hayward Gallery lobby in London from August 1 to September 3.

Music Peter M. Murray


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