A protest art exhibition featuring portraits of those most impacted by climate change is touring Glasgow’s most iconic sites during COP26.
These are no standard portraits however, and before they had the chance to be displayed they were dipped in a vat of black paint to demonstrate the damage and consequences climate change has had on the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Protest Art: a Lament in Black Paint features the sobering story of three individuals who have lost their homes and possessions as a repercussion of the carbon footprint left behind by developed nations.
The portraits, which were first displayed in Kelvingrove Art Gallery, tell the story of Joyce, a mother of two from Malawi, who lost their home in a cyclone but has now retrained as a tailor; Rita from Bangladesh, hailing from an area which has been drastically impacted by flooding and storms but has now turned to selling sunflowers for a living and Dhital from Nepal.
Dhital’s family completely lost their livelihood in floods, fortunately however they now live in a home that is both earthquake and flood resistant.
The artist behind the project, Iain Campbell, told The Big Issue: “When I paint portraits, it elevates who this person is in people’s minds. People become curious about who is in the painting and want to know what their story is.