TREE-HUGGERS

TREE-HUGGERS

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6 objects, uv print on synthetic glass (from the back), 35 x 35 x 0,5 cm each. DEFORESTATION IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS FOR THE MASSIVE EXTINCTION OF SPECIES; IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE MAIN FACTORS LEADING US TOWARDS A CLIMATE CATASTROPHE. POLAND LEADS AMONG EUROPEAN COUNTRIES IN THE RANKING OF DEFORESTATION INTENSITY. OVER THE PAST TWENTY YEARS, THE LEVEL OF DEFORESTATION HAS DOUBLED HERE. THE OLDEST AND MOST VALUABLE FOREST ARE SYSTEMATICALLY CUT DOWN. IN ADDITION, THE AMENDMENT TO THE ACT ON RENEWABLE ENERGY ADOPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT ALLOWS THE OLDEST AND MOST VALUABLE TREES FOR ECOSYSTEMS TO BE BURNED IN POWER PLANTS. - I can also see it in ”my” forest. Every wander there is imprinted with bright orange spots - the paint, marking the trees to be cut, „glows” from the next and next trunks. Too many. The orange spots stay under my eyelids when I return from the forest. Along with this image comes a fear of the future. At the same time, I find the internet full of photos of people taking pictures of themselves while hugging trees. They embrace them tenderly, with care. I save these photos and process them so that facial features and clothing details are blurred, colors faded. The figures begin to emanate an inner light, to resemble each other, to connect - as if they belong to a single, mysterious tribe - global, great, good. The term „Tree-huggers” in English means not only people who like to hug trees and draw energy from them, but also ecologists\ those who stand up for nature. A few years ago Polish activists chained themselves to trees in defense of Bialowieza Forest, the oldest forest in Europe. It is said that the first „tree-huggers” were 294 men and 69 women belonging to the Hindu tribe of Bishnois, who in 1730 died trying to protect the forest in their village from being turned into raw material to build a palace. In dying, they held the trees in their embrace until the end. Their\ours struggle continues. Here, now, still.