Climate crisis in Trump's America

With Trump Revolution: Climate Crisis, the Bronx Documentary Center reminds us that, besides the coronavirus one, another emergency is still underway.

Trump Revolution: Climate Crisis is a poignant indictment of U.S President Donald Trump's four years long administration, but the accusation is very detailed, and this time is not related to his managing of the res publica during the coronavirus crisis. Lockdowns simply don’t work against climate change, and since the pandemic has monopolized the news, urgent issues as global warming and air pollution have taken the back seat but have not gone away.

Although it’s just open as an online gallery, the Bronx Documentary Center’s latest exhibition fittingly revives the interest for the topic: curated by Exhibition Coordinator Cynthia Rivera and Executive Director Michael Kamber, Trump Revolution: Climate Crisis is the Center’s second show about the U.S. (and global) reality under Trump’s administration. If he is actually not held responsible for the planet’s health conditions, still there’s no doubt that he hasn’t been doing anything to change the course of events and that, in fact, he has been committed to threaten and undermine every attempt of reconfiguring people’s thoughts and behavior towards the climate issue.

This time the charge is filed through the work of six photographers committed on the front of consciousness and denunciation that, thanks to different looks — that share the same spirit of involvement towards the subjects they document — on different places — which are facets of the same issue — convey a complex and polymorphic picture that reactivate our sensibility on this topics.

In Cancer Alley, Stacy Kranitz visits the hyper industrialized shores of Mississippi river between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where in the latest years low–income and largely black Americans communities have seen a huge increase of the pollution–related deaths. Katie Orlinsky reaches Alaska, the climate change “Ground Zero” according to the scientists: her Chasing Winter is then an attempt to preconize the planet’s fate through a well–known but always relevant case study. Bryan Thomas’ The Sea in the Darkness Calls deals with Florida’s coastal erosion, where the rising of sea level is putting a strain on an economy mainly based on seaside tourism and, so, on the lives of most of the inhabitants. From the Sunshine State to the Golden one guided by Marcus Yam, who whit California Burning focuses on one of the most painful sores of U.S recent history: arson, whose “season” lasts by now all year long and is destabilizing the ecosystem of one of the — so far — most livable places in the world. On display there’s also the prize winning Arctic: The New Frontier, a four–handed work by the Danish Kadir van Lohuizen and the Russian Yuri Kozyrev who have crossed the Arctic Circle simultaneously, one on the western passage and the other from the Russian side, documenting the diverse aspects related to the Pole ice melting: a slow but relentless event that is once again bond to change the face of the world.


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