Watch: Climate change under scrutiny in Gregor Sailer UK exhibition

In his UK debut, acclaimed Austrian artist and photographer Gregor Sailer showcases 67 images of manmade structures captured across four countries in the Arctic circle. From isolated research centres to Icelandic geothermal power stations, Gregor documents the changes taking place across the Arctic as people increasingly build on, exploit and research it. 

The artist and photographer comments: “Global warming and its impacts in the Arctic is a topical issue that affects us all, even if it is geographically far away. This northern-most region of the world has been profoundly affected by the climate crisis, making scientific research there more urgent. Through collaboration with the Natural History Museum, I hope my work helps to translate this discussion, which is geopolitically, scientifically and socially very complex, not only in terms of content, but also visually.”

Five countries border the Arctic Ocean, and three maritime routes allow a crossing of the Arctic Ocean, depending on the season and the extent of the ice cover. The melting of the sea ice is set to create a shorter trade route in the future, providing access to new raw material deposits (natural gas and oil). 

As temperatures rise in the Arctic; animals, plants, and indigenous communities become increasingly under threat with wider impacts on a global level. Natural History Museum scientists are conducting important research into humanity’s impact in this region.

“We are thrilled to announce a breathtaking new exhibition of work by photographer Gregor Sailer. This display prompts us to not only think about how climate change is affecting the Arctic but also the worldwide impacts that can be observed across the globe,” Natural History Museum Director of Public Programmes Alex Burch said.

“The Museum is working to help build our understanding of what this might mean for biodiversity, and we hope that by bringing together art and science, this exhibition can transport and inspire people to become advocates for our planet.”

The Polar Silk Road is at the Natural History Museum’s Jerwood Gallery, london, and is the second in a series of art installations as part of the Art Programme and Our Broken Planet programme. Entrance is free of charge.

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