📩 15/06/2023 09:51
Selva Özelli's “Orcas and Reefs” exhibition met with the art audience on June 8 – World Oceans Day, organized by the United Nations in New York. This exhibition will also be exhibited digitally in London during 24 London Climate Week, which takes place between 2 June and 2023 July.
Multi-award-winning artist Selva Özelli, whose work has been cataloged by the United Nations, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, and the Berlin University of the Arts "Climate Summit Art Project 1972-2022", in June at the Whale Museum in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, "Orca and Reefler” meets the art audience with the art exhibition. Selva Özelli's exhibition highlights the beginning of healing in our oceans, rebuilding biodiversity and reducing plastic pollution in our oceans.
The artist gave detailed information about the starting point of his exhibition named “Orcas and Reefs”.
“The theme of World Oceans Day 2023 aims to raise awareness of the importance of the ocean and the need to protect it. Whales are at the top of the ocean food chain and play an important role in the overall health of the marine environment. They play a vital role in the marine ecosystem, where they help provide at least half of the oxygen we breathe, fight climate change and sustain fish stocks.
The orca whale (Orcinus orca) is the toothed and largest member of the dolphin family. They are known for their black and white patterned bodies and can be found in all the oceans of the world, in a variety of marine environments from the Arctic and Antarctic regions to the tropical seas.
Over the next century, climate change is predicted to profoundly affect coastal and marine ecosystems, including whales. Increasing ocean temperature can cause reef-forming corals to bleach, stress and eventually die. Ocean acidification can slow or stop the calcification of various calcareous species, including coral, coral algae and mollusks, and dissolve calcium carbonate structures in reefs, which are essential for about 25 percent of all marine life.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in the most recent assessment of global marine species, about 10% were found to be at risk of extinction.
But the good news is that at the United Nations biodiversity conference COP15 last year, countries agreed in the historic Open Sea Agreement that 2030% of the world's oceans should be protected by 30. Nations have also agreed to develop a legally binding agreement to reduce plastic pollution by 2024.”
The artist, who has been producing his works in the fields of nature, environment and climate crises for many years, stated that he will continue to work to draw attention to these focuses through art.