Climate change is decimating the habitats of the Earth’s most beautiful and majestic creatures. The time to act is now. The sand in the hourglass is running out. ONE harnesses the universal language of art to raise awareness and inspire individual action. Through her photographs, Anne de Carbuccia aims to draw attention to the current environmental crisis and to move people to change behaviors and habits that contribute to it.ONE • ONE PLANET ONE FUTURE is An exhibition of ethereal photographs by Anne de Carbuccia that powerfully depict what we have and what we may lose.
ONE is a circle. The eternal circle, the life cycle,
the zero, emptiness, wholeness, fullness, and
renewal. The circle also suggests a ripple, the
consequences of action. You toss a bottle on
one continent and you find it on a wild beach
across the world. It gets eaten by a fish and the
fish ends up on your plate. The world has never
been so small. Never have we been so powerful.
We are the circle, sharing ONE • ONE PLANET ONE FUTURE.
ONE draws from a collection of photographic images
from an ongoing project called Time Shrines by Anne de Carbuccia.
time shrines make an ingenious use of vanitas art, a tradition that dates back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which featured the skull as a symbol of vanity—the futility of earthly life and the transient nature of worldy pursuits. Similarly, the hourglass reminds us that time is fleeting. She also incorporates organic elements and found objects, each carefully chosen for its symbolic meaning.
Shrines speak to our origins, our beliefs, and what we cherish. They connect the past to the present, and what was to what is to come. The startling appearance of shrines in these images invites us to reflect on where we come from, who we are, and what we want for the future—our one and only future.
ONE • ONE planet one future, New York city 2016
THE NEW YORK EXHIBITION FOCUSES ON SEVERAL ELEMENTS. That are recurrent in Anne’s work and are familiar to this city, one of which is water. In 2012, during Hurricane Sandy, the Hudson River flooded the basement at Westbeth. The use of water as a theme suggests the tremendous power of the elements. Nature will always prevail over human attempts to control it. Inside the exhibition, visitors will navigated pools of water via walkways that lead to the artworks. The qualities of water—reflections, sound, movement—will enhanced the viewer’s experience of the artworks and his or her relationship to them.
Anne de Carbuccia was born in New York and grew up in Paris. She spent her childhood summers on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, WHICH SPURRED IN HER AN UNUSUALLY KEEN APPRECIATION for nature at a young age.
Anne attended Columbia University in New York City where she studied anthropology and art history, specializing in 17th-and 18th-century art. She returned to Paris and worked for Drouot, one of the oldest and most respected auction houses in the world. There she found a passion for ancient and primitive culture and art. She later developed an interest in using photography and films as a means of seeing these objects in a contemporary context.
On a filming expedition in Antarctica, she conceived the idea of “time shrines,” which integrates her fascination with ancient culture, photography, and installations. Since then she has made many expeditions in pursuit of this project, which involves creating and staging a time shrine in symbolically significant environments. The photograph becomes the permanent record of the temporary installation.
The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco hosted Water at dusk, a solo exhibition of images from Anne’s time shrines project (January 30–February 28, 2016). Private collectors in Europe and the U.S. have acquired her photographs and video art portraits.
In 2015, she founded the non-profit organization Time Shrine Foundation as a way to fund efforts to raise awareness and protect vulnerable environments and cultures.
The exhibition ONE is another way in which the Foundation seeks to promote these goals. Proceeds from the sale of Anne’s original artworks support environmental efforts in the places she photographs and films.