Voices by Alexandrov Klum for Invisible Dust

16.03.21

A detailed review of Voices by Alexandrov Klum from Invisible Dust’s Forecast event series.

We at Margaret couldn’t be prouder to be working with the award-winning art and science organisation Invisible Dust on a range of upcoming projects, all of which have the impact of climate change at their heart.

First up was Forecast – a multi-day series of online panel discussions, performances, and artist interviews – where we tuned into a special screening of Voices, a stunning short film that shares the knowledge and stories of indigenous people around the world.

Created by artistic duo Alexadrov Klum, the film interweaves the perspectives of eight indigenous people with cinematic scenes of the natural world, producing an evocative and thought-provoking piece. In the film, indigenous people from Brasil, India, New Zealand, Sweden and Peru raise fundamental questions about biodiversity and their views on nature for the world’s consideration.

Alexandrov Klum said the film “captures an important message of our times,” and that speaking with indigenous people is like speaking to nature itself. The hope of the film was to immortalize the indigenous so we can protect those protecting our earth. Indigenous communities support around 80% of the planet’s biodiversity despite accounting for less than one twentieth of the human population, according to the World Bank.

Hosted by Flourishing Diversity’s Katy Molloy, the Q&A following the film focused on how we as a species can better align with nature.

How can we support indigenous communities from non-indigenous countries?

The panel spoke of the myriad of ways anyone can support indigenous communities. Katy Schofield spoke of being conscious of our consumption, and that most resources taken from indigenous regions are used all over the world. Both she and Dr. Jerome Lewis spoke of supporting environmental defenders, of which there are many on-the-ground groups. Lewis encouraged reaching out, joining groups and participating in environmental campaigns.

What were the tipping points in European history that led us away from nature?

A large question that covers hundreds of years of history and sociology, Dr. Lewis explained that science works by taking things apart and categorizing them. While that led to great scientific advancement, its side effect was a separation of humanity from nature. In recent years, we as a race have been attempting to unlearn the idea that humans are ‘above’ or ‘masters’ of nature. The task ahead is humbling ourselves and realizing that we exist because of nature.

What are the most important examples of indigenous knowledge that can help scientists solve global crises?

Panellist and indigenous woman Elin Teilus said – love. In Sweden, one of her elders says ‘when my reindeer are good, I am good.’ That empathy and love for the earth and its creatures is what people need to understand. “We are not alone,” Teilus said, “and we cannot be alone in this. We are together, as we are meant to be.”

What opportunity does the conservation community need to seize to help the indigenous people?

Schofield suggested that the question is something the conversation sector has been talking about for years. Supporting Indigenous people and territories should be at the heart of conservation efforts. More needs to be done for indigenous people.

Quotes by indigenous people in the film: 

“This is how I see it: there’s an inequality, we would like the world to be full of love, with a lot more respect towards one another…”

“I see that in order to save the planet today, we must heal ourselves.”

“In our case, we indigenous people, we continue to live with nature. We have such balance, we are also healthy because we are a part of nature.”

“You are nature. Beside all other creation. Mother Earth is at the centre.”

Panel Members:

Elin Teilus of the Udtja, Sápmi People of Sweden

Katy Scholfield – Head of Biocultural Diversity at Synchronicity Earth

Dr. Jerome Lewis – Associate Professor of Anthropology UCL & Co-founder of Flourishing Diversity

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