‘Memento (un)known’

February 29, 2024

‘Memento (un)known’

Lene Kuhl Jakobsen

Artist statement.

Climate change will bring uncertainty to many aspects of our lives and adaption and how we respond will be important. The occurrence of flooding events and increasing high temperatures frequently affect the growing of crops and therefore threatens food security.
If worldwide action is taken now there may still be a window of opportunity to slow down the increase of CO2 emissions.
My work ‘Memento (un)known’ references the issue of diversity in regard to fruit growing. Farmers have always selected fruit types for specific soil condition, rainfall and temperature. Climate change will challenge the development of varieties suitable to grow in a warmer and /or wetter future.
I aim to evoke memories and a sense of feeling of loss one may experience in coming to terms with such changes but my work will also present an expression of hope that it will be possible for us to adjust to a new climate reality.



References and inspirations used for ‘Mementos (un)known’ by Lene Kuhl Jakobsen

Jon Gertner, The ice at The End of The World (Random House 2019)
Page 216 mention of carbon dioxide calculations done by Eunice Foote 1856, John Tyndale 1859, Svante Arrhenius 1896 and Guy Callendar 1938.

Steven Amsterdam, Things We Didn’t See Coming (Sleepers 2019)
Chapter 1 ‘What We Know Now’ Quote: What we know now is that we didn’t think enough.

Raymond Blanc, The Lost Orchard (Headline Publishing Group 2019)
For detailed descriptions of numerous types of apples many I know from my Danish childhood.

Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, The Future We Choose (Manila Press 2020)
Especially chapters: The Worlds We Must Create, Stubborn Optimism, A New Story .

Information about Tom brown from North Carolina who has dedicated his life to finding and saving Heritage Apples :
https://applesearch.org https://theorganicmagazine.com
www.washingtonpost.com https://spectrumlocalnews.com

Information about Svalbard Global Seed Vault :
www.pbs.org News Hour April 04 2023