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Sean Gallagher Speaks at Beijing's Today Art Museum


Event Date:

July 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM EDT

Desertification is one of the most important environmental challenges facing the world today...

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Further into the Tengger desert, life is almost non-existent. Image by Sean Gallagher. China, 2009.

How can we address the enormity of problems that humanity faces, such as climate change, air pollution and biodiversity loss? A closer look at the causes and consequences of these issues allows us to examine current and possible solutions.

Photojournalist and filmmaker Sean Gallagher speaks on Saturday, July 5, at Beijing's Today Art Museum about his Pulitzer Center-sponsored work documenting environmental issues across Asia. Greening the Beige, a public platform that promotes environmental awareness through the arts, is a partner for the talk.

From the headwaters of the Tibetan Plateau to the islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago, Gallagher has spent numerous years documenting some of the most pressing conflicts between nature and humanity for some of the world's leading news outlets. By creating unique photographic, video and multimedia projects that highlight local individual's stories from communities affected by threats such as deforestation, e-waste, species extinction and rising sea levels, a deep and humanized understanding of these problems unfolds.

With the use of striking images and engaging storytelling, award-winning photojournalist Sean Gallagher will discuss and share his findings throughout three of Asia's most influential countries: China, India and Indonesia.

Saturday, July 5
3 pm - 4: 30 pm
Today Art Museum
2nd Floor Exhibition Hall of Building 2
Pingod Community, No.32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing, China

Sean Gallagher graduated in Zoology from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England and his background in science has enhanced his ability to illustrate environmental issues through visual storytelling. In 2006 Gallagher moved to China, providing on-the-ground photographic and video coverage of China's phenomenal rise, reporting in-depth features about social, environmental, health and political issues. Amongst his workshops and presentations at universities around the world, he participated in the EU-China Biodiversity Seminars at Shanghai World Expo 2010. Most recently, in August 2013, the Pulitzer Center released the publication of Meltdown: China's Environment Crisis, a collection of Gallagher's projects that span 10,000 miles across the country, focused on wetlands, forests, desertification and the Tibetan Plateau.

Greening the Beige functions as a public platform that promotes environmental awareness through the arts. GtB promotes artists, organizations, and individuals dedicated to sustainable development in Beijing. All of its events are designed to celebrate innovative, eco-minded, positive projects and creative works.

For more information on the talk, visit the website of the Today Art Museum.


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