Olive Ayhens Included in United Nations Exhibition, "Re-Connections: In Kinship With Nature"

Olive Ayhens, The Waves are Coming, 2020, Oil on linen, 39 x 52 inches. Signed "Ayhens" lower right. (BP#OA-8725)

Re-Connections: In Kinship With Nature blends artistic expression with environmental activism. The artists address the urgent need to live more responsibly within the Earth’s finite resources. Witness to floods, rising waters and other man-made threats, they imagine a future where we live in harmony with nature and feel an obligation to work together to take action and reverse this trend.

This in-person exhibition will be hosted November 2023 to mid-January 2024 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

According to many scientists, starting in the mid-20th century we transitioned from the geological epoch Halocene to the period Anthropocene, in which human species are driving planetary degradation. Future generations will have to grapple with the changes of the warming planet. The Anthropocene is a moment of awareness of the triple planetary crisis (a climate crisis, a nature crisis and a pollution crisis).

The exhibition is curated by Laziza Rakhimova in consultation with Patricia Lea Watts, founder of ecoartspace. It is presented by UNDP GEF Uzbekistan and UNEP.