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Richard Le Manz


Visual poetry against climate change

The Spanish photographer and artist Richard Le Manz has made awareness and criticism about climate change and environmental problems one of the hallmarks of his photography.

The “Decisive Moment” project, initiated by the artist in 2019, reflects aloud on inaction in the fight against climate change and the future we want for our planet.

Thanks to his peculiar way of seeing the world, he has created an important collection of works that denounce the problem of climate change and make those who contemplate them reflect.

Le Manz makes use of his special ability to unveil new meanings in objects. The sometimes-absurd pairing, transformation, irony, and double meaning are some of the resources that the artist uses to establish communication with the viewer.

He places his practice at the intersection between art and vindication, between ingenuity and reality. He tries to involve the viewer, proposing numerous materials for thought and reflection.

The collective inability to understand the imbalance between progress and the natural world confronts society with increasingly complex and demanding global challenges. Environmental problems, the loss of biodiversity, global warming, climate change, even growing inequality, moral indifference, and the pandemic itself, possibly related to the aforementioned problems, even war, are issues that mark the present and that the artist addresses with minimalist images and loaded with direct messages.

Each one of the images explores some of the implications provoked, capturing our time in a conceptual and poetic way. Issues such as our world hanging by a thread about to break, the problems of the pandemic, the world with a mask, the signs that we ignore of our nature, or the crime scenes of nature, have a place in the images that make up the project.

In the current situation we are undoubtedly at a decisive moment for our planet.

The crisis we are going through is a great opportunity to think together and try to find the harmony that will allow us the prosperity of humanity and nature, together.

The work aims to contribute a grain of sand to this reflection.

Currently the work is shown within the project “Artivism for climate change” at the Embassy of Spain in Brussels (Belgium).


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