Interview by WILLOW Defebaugh
In her 2018 song of this name, Yoko Ono describes the planet as being at a “turning point in eternity.” With recent reports making the threat of our changing climate more imminent and dire than ever, nothing could be closer to the truth. Here, the legendary artist and activist reminds us what we can learn from our environment.
What does the word “natural” mean to you?
How do you see humans and nature coexisting in the future?
We are already coexisting. We just don’t think so.
What can nature teach us about violence and peace?
Peace is power. War and violence bring poverty.
Is there such a thing as too much progress?
Progress? We are incredibly instinctive people, so we will change with a speed that we can’t think about now.
Did we come into this world or come out of it?
We are here, and we can make it better and better.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY GETTY IMAGES
Neo-Natural is a study of humankind's relationship to nature in the age of climate change, including topics such as resource depletion and regeneration, gene editing, cellular agriculture, and the increasingly inarguable effects of the Anthropocene on indigenous communities around the globe. It features contributions from artists like Yoko Ono, ANOHNI, Ryan McGinley, Daniel Beltra, and more, all attempting to answer the question: What does "natural" mean in the modern world?