Coral reefs are essential to ocean health and the flourishing of human and nonhuman life. Yet they face numerous threats including rising sea temperatures, pollution, and ocean acidification which lead to bleaching events and the destruction of these vibrant ecosystems.

As some of the most biodiverse habitats on the planet, coral reefs are home to 25% of marine life and can be tens of thousands of years old. These fascinating underwater worlds form from colonies of stony coral polyps that live in symbiotic relation with zooxanthellae (algae). However, the delicate balance of these fragile ecologies is at risk at a time of human-caused climate breakdown.

These two artworks explore ways to better respond to coral at a time of ecological crisis. They examine how care, concern and affection are enacted by artists and scientists towards securing the survival of these marine invertebrates.

Together, the works propose that by paying close attention to others and developing a deeper sense of connection, respect and understanding, we might better work towards multispecies survival.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2023

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