Dubai, UAE, November 30, 2023 – The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) is adorned with the art of Günsu Saraçoğlu this year. A Turkish artist who has long been drawing attention to environmental issues and expressing her criticisms through art, Saraçoğlu is participating in the conference with her exhibition titled “The Future of Power.”
It is known that Saraçoğlu conveys her critiques of urban transformation, climate, and environmental issues through her paintings. The artist, who has previously gained prominence with exhibitions such as “Perfect Balance-Deep Trace” and “ReBirth,” is now drawing attention to the climate crisis and environmental degradation by continuing the “ReBirth” series.
In her statement regarding the subject, Günsu Saraçoğlu said, “For many years, I have been trying to express my critiques of urban transformation, climate, and the environment through my paintings. My fundamental goal is to contribute to societal awareness through art.” Saraçoğlu, stating that the “ReBirth” series will continue internationally and in Turkey in 2024, expressed that the damage humans inflict on nature has reached alarming proportions, and nature is attempting to reset itself.
“The Future of Power” exhibition is enriched with the participation of artists such as Mehmet Sinan Kuran, Fatma Kadir, Selva Özelli, and İlhan Sayın. This significant conference emphasizes the efforts of Saraçoğlu and other artists to create societal awareness on climate change, energy, and environmental issues through their works.
Artists who have been exhibiting on international platforms since the beginning of the pandemic and participating in environmental weeks have been cataloged by the United Nations at the COP28 Global Resilience Partnership Hub. In addition to their personal exhibitions at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum and Environmental Center, artists continue their contacts with museums and authorities.
The COP28 Conference will continue until December 12, 2023. While this year’s conference is met with great interest from world leaders, there is a discussion about focusing on the potential of art to influence societies and creating more platforms in this field. Günsu Saraçoğlu and other artists state that they will continue to raise awareness through individual and group projects.