The Antarctic Biennale and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, share a deep commitment to preserving our legacy for future generations. On January 24, 2017, the biennale got UNESCO’s patronage in recognition of the project’s engagement with promotion of cultural and scientific exchange.
In her letter of support Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General, states that the initiative is ‘in line with the priorities of the Organization aimed at promoting cultural and scientific exchange’. Ms Director-General is confident that the biennale ‘will help to raise awareness on the importance of international actions to mitigate the effects of climate change’.
For the Antarctic Biennale, this marks an important step towards its aim of ensuring that art empowers people to raise the awareness and build the platform for the better communication of the future of our planet. The cultural project addresses the issues, that relate to major concerns of UNESCO – how to live together, how to design a sustainable future, how to educate and inspire future generations.
Recognizing the important and changing role of culture in contemporary society, UNESCO supports the initiative of the Antarctic Biennale that goes beyond merely employing the arts as tools for information, but rather envisages art as a catalyst to stimulate discourse and foster change.
The UNESCO’s goal of Protecting Heritage and Fostering Creativity will be realized through the study of the unique Antarctic culture as a whole series of art projects implemented there.
The Antarctic Biennale’s team has communicated to UNESCO its highest commitment to the granted patronage, and the inspiration of working together for the sustainable development.
The Antarctic Biennale now proudly bears the logo of UNESCO.