"Kõmij mour ijin/our life is here”
An Arts/Science Expedition in the Marshall Islands
In July 2021, twelve international and Oceanian artists and scientists will gather for 16 days to sail throughout the northern Marshalls aboard a research support vessel. Their mission will be to explore the legacy of the 20th-century American nuclear testing program there, as well as the ways climate change is affecting the Marshallese and their 3000 year-old culture today.
The Marshalls, with an average height of 6 feet above sea level, are located in the centre of the Pacific Ocean amidst water that is rising at an accelerating rate. After having directly endured nuclear Armageddon, the Marshallese now confront the possibility of their home becoming uninhabitable within a single lifetime. Both demons came from afar, and Marshallese resilience and creativity in response is an inspiration to the global community that created -- and struggles to contain -- them. These atolls and their remarkable people tell an existential story that is deeply relevant to all humanity.
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