Julian Charrière: Visualizing the Climate Crisis

The acclaimed Swiss artist describes the adventures that have shaped his vision in a film co-presented with our partner Art Basel

Julian Charrière is a present-day explorer, creating artworks that are informed by expeditions to some of the world’s most remote landscapes, including volcanoes, icebergs and seabeds. In this short film, the acclaimed Swiss artist delves deeper into his practice and mission, discussing his ecological adventures and how art can change the way we see the world.

Charrière’s work spans film, sculpture, and photography, and depicts the tensions between geological and human timescales in a digitized era. Through his practice, the artist supports Global Goal 13: Climate Action, one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.

‘The global climate crisis is a big and complex topic that is almost impossible to understand,’ says Charrière. ‘I wanted to visualize it.’ The artist’s diverse practice draws inspiration from environmental science and cultural history, as well as the ‘thousands of stories’ humans have developed in response to the natural world.

UBS is the co-founder of #TOGETHERBAND, a project which aims to raise awareness of the Goals.

The Art in Action series is co-presented by UBS and Art Basel and brings together the voices of leading contemporary artists to explore today’s most pressing issues.

October 2020