Infinite Balance: Artists and the Environment

Release Date: 
July 12, 2011

Exhibition Summary:

The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park is pleased to announce Infinite Balance: Artists and the Environment. Infinite Balance is the first US presentation of artists shortlisted for the Prix Pictet, the world’s top prize for photography and sustainability. The exhibition will showcase noted contemporary photographers from across the globe, including Sammy Baloji, Edward Burtynsky, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Susan Derges, Naoya Hatakeyama, Chris Jordan and Michael Wolf.
Infinite Balance opens to the public on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 and will be on view through Sunday, February 5, 2012 at MOPA.
Exhibition Details:
The Prix Pictet was established in 2008 by Geneva-based bank, Pictet & Cie, to harness the power of photography to drive awareness about sustainable development. It has quickly become the world’s single largest prize in photography and sustainability. The exhibition at MOPA highlights fifteen world-renowned photographers selected by a jury of internationally recognized experts for their images conveying environmental and sustainability issues that are immediately pressing in the world today.
“Each artist has addressed the environmental and social challenges we face in their own personal way,” said Prix Pictet honorary president, Kofi Annan. “The result is a series of powerful images, which seek to confront us with the scale of the threat we face and to inspire governments, business, --and all of us as individuals-- to step up to the challenge and support change for a sustainable world.”
“The images in Infinite Balance confront us with the rapidly changing face of our planet,” said Deborah Klochko, executive director, MOPA. “The exhibition includes alarming images, as well as photographs that capture the serenity of the natural world. Infinite Balance challenges all of us to rethink our personal and collective impact on the earth.”
MOPA is the first museum in the United States to present works from the three Prix Pictet exhibitions under one heading, Infinite Balance. The exhibition brings together three years of internationally-acclaimed and award-winning photography, all set on addressing the issues of our changing world and sustainability. Infinite Balance will display works from the three themes that defined each year of the Prix Pictet, including Water, Earth and Growth.
The exhibition includes in-gallery monitors displaying all of the finalists from the past three years, giving a broader context to the exhibition and providing access to remarkable images of our changing world. Infinite Balance will also include MOPA’s Audio In|Sight podcasts, bringing outside voices into direct conversation with photographs on view in the exhibition. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about how to participate in solutions to some of the environmental issues in their own communities and daily lives.
Press Opportunities:
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MOPA Information:
The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) is one of the premier institutions in the United States devoted to photography, film and video. Since its founding in 1983, MOPA has been dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting the entire spectrum of the photographic medium. The Museum’s endeavors consistently address cultural, historical and social issues through its exhibitions and public programs.
Prix Pictet Information:
Launched in 2008 by the Geneva-based private bank Pictet & Cie, the Prix Pictet has rapidly established itself as the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability. It has a unique mandate – to use the power of photography to communicate vital messages to a global audience. The goal is to uncover art of the highest order, applied to confront the pressing social and environmental challenges of the new millennium.
The prize currently plays to a global audience of over 400 million. The exhibitions of photographs shortlisted for the first two cycles of the Prix Pictet have toured the world, so far they have been shown in Paris, Thessaloniki, Dubai, Hong Kong, Eindhoven, Dresden, Bonn, London, Berlin, Lausanne, Geneva, Dublin, Moscow, Milan, Madrid and New Delhi.
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