A photo essay on plastic pollution in the ocean

suspended, 2018

In 2018 Aristo curated his debut marine conservation fundraiser exhibition titled Suspended at the Moving Mountains gallery in Wollongong.  All profits from the night were donated to the local charity Plastic Free Wollongong. The night consisted of photography and video projections by Aristo, sculptural works by Nina Risi, science talks and expositions by Project Airship . The night was a sucess with over 200 patrons coming through the small gallery and over $1200 raised.

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Photography and film give us a more intimate look at an individual’s interaction with the ocean. People often familiarize themselves with conservation through data and facts. Science is intrinsically objective. We are told what to experience or feel when reading factual articles. However, through art we can live vicariously through the emotions portrayed by the artist. This is a powerful sentiment. Images can ignite reactions and inspire stewardship more efficaciously than numbers and percentages can.

Aristo Risi has compiled an array of confronting visuals to portray our intrusion on the aquatic world. He hopes to use his photography as a catalyst to fuel productive action. This is a reminder you to use your humanity to stand in solidarity with the beings that our existence oppresses.