Glacier Girl – Environmental activist

Produced as part of You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970

Ran from 10 September 2016 to 26 February 2017

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19-year-old Londoner Elizabeth Farrell goes by the alias 'Glacier Girl', under which she produces visual environmental activism primed for the digital age.

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'Glacier Girl'. © Vicky Grout

Climate change is almost invisible, particularly if you live in cities, so making it something visual is really important. Whether we can see it or not, it’s not a future thing, it’s happening now, and I think that’s hard to grasp.

Glacier Girl

Inspired by the visual nous of third-wave feminism but deeply invested in reversing climate change, Glacier Girl has found a cult following among her peers on social media, raising awareness of a subject she felt was glossed over in school – “I didn’t learn about climate change as an issue until age 18. We learnt about greenhouse gasses and the science behind it, but we didn’t learn about the impact that our lifestyles have".

So she’s taken the task on herself, translating the research of academics like Naomi Klein into slick photographs and installations that subvert the traditional iconography of big industry and modern capitalism and hammer home our precarious position on earth.

It’s our future and we have more invested in it, and if older generations aren’t picking up on that, then it’s down to us to create that for ourselves.

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