Image courtesy of Karoo Disclosure, photography by Margaret Stone

When a filmmaker, photographer, performer, composer, jewellery designer and a few other adventurous creatives join forces, you know you’re in for a treat. This collaboration is entitled Karoo Disclosure Collective and is on display until 14 November 2015 at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town.

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Photograph by Margaret Stone

The hot topic at hand is the highly controversial act of fracking, specifically investigated in the Karoo area. Taking into consideration the complexity of the topic, the exhibition unfolds all aspects under threat; from heritage and culture to the destruction of the landscape and living environment. With government giving fracking the green light the economic and political driving forces have of course increased, with the nasty consequences being ignored.

Photograph by Maxim Starke

Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well.

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Photograph by Margaret Stone

Apart from having an interesting, eye-catching exhibition, the Karoo Disclosure art installation explores the realities and effects of fracking, and the beautiful landscapes that may be destroyed. The multimedia art installation comprises of a moving film, artefacts, fossils, photographic portraits and still lives, which engage viewers and stimulate healthy debate.

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The Karoo has always been a feature of the exhibitions in the Iziko South African Museums, the Quagga foal on display perhaps being the most symbolic representation of fragility of this region. – Hamish Robertson, Director Natural History Collections at Iziko Museums of South Africa.

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Filmmaker Damien Schumann filming Karoo Disclosure. Photograph by Maxim Starke

The Karoo Disclosure film is a focal point of the exhibition, and was selected for the Karoo Indy Film Festival and shown at That Art Fair. For an eye-opening experience head to Iziko before the exhibition closes on 15 November.

Damien Schumann
Photograph by Maxim Starke

As Anthropologist Prof Lesley Green explains: “In the United States, fracking has brought up questions about the reliability of scientific evidence in the knowledge economy. Permanent damage to Earth systems in a time of climate change, forces us to confront the myth that we can repair the planetary damage we wreck in the name of economic progress. It is neither reasonable nor rational to claim that ‘better engineering’ or ‘better environmental regulation’ can be relied upon to minimise the effects of permanent damage to land, and to fossil water sources.”

izikoFor more information visit Iziko online and follow Karoo Disclosure on Twitter and Facebook. The collaborating artists include: Deborah Weber, Damien Schumann, Elgin Rust, Gina Waldman, Margaret Stone, Maxim Starcke, Lisa Bauer, Michelle Liao, Tom Glenn, Peet van Heerden, Hendrik Dudumashe and Paula Kingwill. Images courtesy of Karoo Disclosure Collective.

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