Art Edition 4, Day 1: Semine Hazar

Semine Hazar

Our first artist for Art Edition 4 is Semine Hazar. She was previously featured during Art Edition 1, where her works were very well received. Her paintings have also been featured in various UN initiatives and beyond. Semine’s work has often highlighted Climate Change and Environmental issues. We are delighted to share her interview below.

What are you working on now?

I have been exhibiting my art shows around the world.  I just launched my second solo art show Sea Watcher 2 – Maskuary for Tiredearth’s #Maskuary Campaign. This campaign is supported by the CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, the Institute of International Knowledge Management (TIIKM), the United Nations for World Oceans Day, Oceanic Global World Oceans Day 2021 Art Gallery – Oceanic Global as well as in collaboration with Pinelo Art Gallery artists like Selva Ozelli, Fatma Kadir and Ilhan Sayin.

The #MASKUARY campaign raises awareness about environmental pollution from single use plastic face mask disposals and the risk of contamination and infection it creates. The launch of the #Maskuary Campaign art shows will take place at the London Climate Action Week, 2021, with the support of the CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change. These art shows will also be a part of TIIKM’s Fine Art & Humanities Conference that will take place on September 21-22, 2021. The theme of this event is “Health in the Arts and Humanities.”  

SEMINE HAZAR SEA WATCHER 2 – MASKUARY

Paintings in my exhibition have been selected in the following United Nations Art Contests:

How has this year been so far, what worked well, and what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

I have been channeling my energy positively into artistic expression. So far, this year my art shows have been exhibited at:

  1. The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change Hong Kong;
  2. 7th Session of Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
  3. 7th Asian Pacific Adaptation Forum; 
  4. 2021 EU Africa Business Forum; 
  5. 2021 World Wetlands Water and Oceans;
  6. 2021 Earthday.Org;  
  7. 2021 World Migratory Bird Day
  8. 2021 World Oceans Day 2021 Art Gallery – Oceanic Global;
  9. 2021 The Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week; 
  10. 2021 World Environment and Oceans Day – Pinelo Art Gallery;
  11. 2021 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought;
  12. Give to Corona Art Show, Pinelo Art Gallery;
  13. 2021 London Climate Action Week;
  14. 2021 Fine Arts and Humanities Conference TIIKM.

What do you hope to express in your “Sea Watcher 2 – Maskuary” digital art exhibition?

With my art show “Sea Watcher 2 – Maskuary” which has sea and lighthouse themed paintings, I want to draw attention to the importance of oceans to our world, our ecology and the need for us to guard them because the environmental pollution caused by single use plastic face mask disposals as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will eventually find their way into our oceans.

According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): “More than 90% of the warming that has happened on Earth over the past 50 years has occurred in the ocean.”  Oceans are warming at the same rate as if five Hiroshima bombs were being dropped into them every second. This has contributed to the rise of sea levels from the melting of ice sheets in the Arctic, which is also warming faster than the rest of the world.

Scientists are also learning about less obvious but still alarming results of this shift: the wider spread of wildlife disease and contaminants into the ecosystem has been observed as melting ice allows pathways to open in the Arctic, enabling people and animals to use these routes to access previously inaccessible areas, according to a recent study in the journal Scientific Reports.

Diminished sea ice allows contaminants to travel between nations via ice, which can transport a wide variety of contaminants ranging from anthropogenic pollutants like oil, lead, mercury, and microplastics to dust, sediments, aerosol deposits, algae, and even biological communities. The possible roles of permafrost melting, atmospheric transport, and solar irradiance in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic has also been explored in a recent study by Anne M. Hofmeister, James M. Seckler and Genevieve M. Criss.

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to continue making climate change-themed artwork and exhibit them at the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

You can check out my profiles on Facebook and Talenthouse.

To share your artwork with us or to publish your Covid-19 experience, articles, stories and poems, write to us (in বাংলা or English) at timesofcorona@gmail.com

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