AMAZON – An exhibition of photographs Sebastião Salgado and Per Anders Pettersson

AMAZON  – An exhibition in aid of Sky Rainforest Rescue

With photography from Sebastião Salgado and Per Anders Pettersson

AMAZON’, an exhibition in aid of Sky Rainforest Rescue, featuring two award-winning photographers Sebastião Salgado and Per Anders Petterrson – to highlight the plight of the Amazonian rainforest and the people living within it, took place at Somerset House London and The Gallery of Photography, Dublin between November 2011 and April 2012.

The exhibition, curated by Bakul Patki, brought together two remarkable, distinct bodies of photography featuring previously unseen images. It showcased the efforts of Sky Rainforest Rescue, a partnership between Sky and World Wildlife Fund, that begun in 2009 and aims to help save one billion trees in the state of Acre, North-West Brazil.

Legendary Brazilian photographer, Sebastião Salgado  exclusively presented work from his photographic essay ‘Genesis’ that began in 2004 and was exhibited at the Natural History Museum, London in the spring of 2013. The images portray landscapes in their most pristine state, and the communities still living in them, according to ancient traditions in balance with nature. Through these epic and evocative images, visitors to the exhibition were taken on a journey through environments, which remain intact despite the enormous human destruction taking place daily in the region. Salgado commented: “I relished the opportunity to present some of my unseen images in the exhibition and highlight the beauty that must be preserved”.

Renowned documentary photographer Pers Anders Pettersson presented photographs from a visit to Acre with actress Gemma Arterton, to support Sky Rainforest Rescue. These images illustrate the stark reality and level of devastation caused by deforestation – and give an insight into the progress being made through Sky Rainforest Rescue, working closely with the Acre State Government to protect this precious part of the world. Pettersson commented “The images that we captured were beautiful and heart breaking in equal measure”.

The exhibition was accompanied by a programme of educational talks and events and was be the first at Somerset House’s East Wing Galleries.

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In the art and music hubs of Future Everything 2011, ABSOLUT vodka collaborated with internationally renowned artist Marcos Lutyens to create ‘ABSOLUT FlavourCollider’.  Inspired by ABSOLUT FLAVOURS, ABSOLUT FlavourCollider offered a visual interpretation of the mind’s reaction to different tastes and sensations.

Festival attendees were invited to engage with a variety of specially created drinking experiences using a (then) revolutionary headset to transpose their reactions to the various flavours of Absolut FlavourCollider cocktails, into a an evolving data-visualisation installation.  Cocktails included the fiery ABSOLUT PEPPARCOLLIDER that combines red chilli, passion fruit, cloudy apple juice and lime.  ABSOLUT FlavourCollider offered a new perspective on sensory behaviour – uniquely combining creativity and technology, to provide an exciting way to illustrate human perceptions.

The collaboration between ABSOLUT and Marcos Lutyens at FutureEverything continued the rich creative heritage of ABSOLUT. Since its inception in 1979, ABSOLUT has been at the forefront of design and creativity, sharing its unique and pioneering vision of the world through collaborations with some of the world’s most eminent figures, including Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and more recently Spike Jonze, Jay-Z and Marshmallow Laser Feast.

Marcos Lutyens is an intermedia artist who has exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale of Art, dOCUMENTA (13), the iMage Festival, Italy, Istanbul Biennale 2015, the Museum of Contemporary Art,Los Angeles, the Royal Academy, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, MoMA PS1 and the National Art Museum of China. He has often worked with the process of hypnosis to explore the unconscious and associated schema, and to engage the visitor’s embodied experience of art, while also involving various parallel approaches to explore group and individual consciousness.