Aren’t We Clever

My catalog is called ‘Aren’t We Clever’ because it is an exhibit about overconsumption, overpopulation, overproduction etc., and how human genius has led—largely—to mass destruction and irreversible damage to our planet. I want to print it on a broadsheet newspaper format because I personally feel that newspapers are such a perfect symbol of this dissemination to the masses and consumption of both information and resources as well as the idea of waste. Newspapers are so massively produced and distributed and result in huge amounts of waste.

We are the only species on this planet that isn’t bound by laws of nature. We are not bound by migration like birds, nor are we restricted by environmental ecosystems like beasts. We live wherever we please, eat whatever we find and fashion the elements of this earth into whatever we can imagine. And what have we done with our planet? We have become the most irresponsible, excessive and wasteful generation to ever inhabit this planet. The affects of our monstrous appetite for ‘more’ is largely invisible to us, the consumers. We treat the earth like a commodity, like a binary of dollar signs, demanding that the planet gives us more and more without any considering of the finite nature of it’s resources and creatures. From eating meat to buying brand products, the essays and photography of this collection have been curated to give a broad sweeping view of some of the innumerable problems that we are dealing with. Primarily, issues of overconsumption, waste of resources and the lost connection between us and nature. From the beginning of industrialization, the words of Thoreau have rung with strong warnings of man’s unfeeling attitude towards nature. Carson’s work has been applauded as the words that sparked the environmentalist movement. Klein, author of ‘No Logo’ is a leading journalist in the field fighting inequality and environmental destruction. Friedman talks about how in our fast moving world, can we address all the issues of environmentalism? And finally, Kardashian, an enigma of our society, stands as the best exemplar of just how absurd the mentality of our society is and is a testament to how much of a commodity mother nature has become to us. The environment is an inseparable aspect of our existence and understanding and, above all, respecting this relationship is the only way that we can succeed as a species. How much more urgent can we make this demand for environmental sensitivity? Will we ever stop producing what we don’t need or needing what we can’t afford? When will we understand that we don’t have any more time left for mistakes?
—reflective extract from catalog