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Barbara Dombrowski - “Tropic Ice” Exhibit, Screening and Lecture at Hodges Library

World Languages & Cultures (formerly MFLL)  Presents

About the Artist:
Barbara Dombrowski is a renowned German photographer and visual artist who dedicates her work to places affected by climate change. In her photography, she depicts vulnerable ecosystems and their populations. The primary focus of her art is to show how people from indigenous communities, whose lives are affected by climate change, need to negotiate an existence caught between established traditions and global modernity. 

March 6 - April 5, 2023 | Gallery
EXHIBIT: "Tropic Ice" by Barbara Dombrowski 

March 6, 2023 at 4:00 pm | Gallery & Mary Greer Room
Opening of the exhibit followed by reception in the Mary Greer Room

March 8, 2023 at 4:00 pm | Lindsay Young Auditorium
Lecture: "Tropic Ice - A Dialog between Places Affected by Climate Change" 

Man-made climate change not only poses a massive threat to ecosystems and biodiversity but, above all, to people themselves. This is the focus of Barbara Dombrowski's photo art project 'Tropic Ice_Dialog between Places Affected by Climate Change.' The artist has been studying places affected by climate change and their indigenous populations across the globe. In her artwork, she sparks a 'conversation' about commonalities: She arranges her large-format portraits and landscape photos from different regions in such a way that these installations highlight the interrelationships between them, thus weaving a web that visually connects places and individuals across the globe. 

March 6 & 8, 2023, at 5:30 pm | Lindsay Young Auditorium, Film Screening (2 screenings)
"Pastoral Meets Tropic Ice" (2021) -- in English 
Length: 1 hours
In this film installation, Barbara Dombrowski's 'Tropic Ice' photographs are set to the music of Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, the 'Pastoral' (1808), which constitutes the composer's homage to the natural world. Beethoven's 'Pastoral' is an early example of 'program music,' namely music that aims to paint an aural picture of a particular scene or tell a specific story. Barbara Dombrowski interprets and magnifies the underlying themes of Beethoven's 'Pastoral' through breathtaking shots of people, animals, plants, and landscapes from across the globe that, on the one hand, depict their beauty and, on the other hand, highlight their vulnerability as a result of climate change.
Music: Beethoven Philharmonic Orchestra Baden, conducted by Peter Rösner
Artwork: Barbara Dombrowski 

Free and open to the public!

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

John C Hodges Library, 2nd floor, Main Gallery
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN