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Tip of the Iceberg

Focal Point Gallery
11.00 am to 5.00 pm

Access Facilities:

  • Age Friendly
  • Parent And Baby

This group exhibition of local and international artists presented at Focal Point Gallery and on Big Screen Southend, includes new and recent works that explore three key themes: the notion of the ‘commons’ in relation to natural resources; how plants can be considered as both witnesses and agents across history, and how local hidden economies can act as catalysts for wider change.

The exhibition title refers to the image of an iceberg as a visual metaphor, first used by feminist economist geographer J.K Gibson-Graham to explain the diversity of economic systems. They argue the most visible versions of economic exchange hover over forms of labour, gift economies, and non-monetary practices that sit outside of capital centric systems. In this context, the use of the diagram highlights how many environmental practices that are so important to sustainability sit below the ‘Tip of the Iceberg’. It also offers a nod to the precarity of which regions might survive in the event of sea-levels rising.

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