Mandy Barker’s “Sea of Artifacts”

Fotografiska Tallinn’s opening winter exhibition, Mandy Barker’s “Sea of Artifacts” worries about the environment and brings attention to excessive plastic destroying nature around us.

It is estimated that more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year. From clothes to bags to furniture and toys, heavier plastic sinks, lighter floats on the surface. Some of the garbage drifts on the surface pushed by the currents, and accumulate – the most significant concentration of trash is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, covering a stretch of water fifteen times the size of Estonia.

British artist Mandy Barker’s photographs portray objects that she found when out collecting plastics in various locations around the world and then used to create her works. Works made from everything starting from doll arms and plastic bags through footballs and shoe laces to pieces of clothing and plastic flowers. “I see my role as an interpreter, to be aware of the facts about the harmful effects of marine plastics, to understand the facts and to present them in an accessible way, and through the research and my work, help to connect the science to a wider audience, and hopefully in some way change things for the better,” said Mandy Barker about the main goal of her exhibition “Sea of Artifacts”.

Mandy Barker was born in 1964 and raised in Hull, a city on the River Humber. In 2018, Barker received the National Geographic Society Grant for Research and Exploration for her unwavering efforts, which has allowed her to take part in two unique expeditions in 2019. One to Lord Howe Island to study the declining Shearwater sea bird colony due to plastic ingestion, and also to the remote and uninhabited Henderson Island which is also named as the most plastic polluted island on the planet. In 2017 her first book, Beyond Drifting, was included in the Smithsonian’s list of the best photography books of 2017. Her latest book, Altered Ocean, is a comprehensive collection of photos showing the catastrophic consequences of the plastics polluting our oceans and was published in April 2019.



Fotografiska Tallinn’s opening winter exhibition, Mandy Barker’s “Sea of Artifacts” worries about the environment and brings attention to excessive plastic destroying nature around us.

It is estimated that more than 8 million tons of plastic

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Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa, Fotokunstikeskus Fotografiska Tallinn

Mandy Barker’s “Sea of Artifacts”

14.11.2019 - 09.02.2020
Monday, sunday 09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday–thursday: 09:00 - 23:00
Friday–saturday: 09:00 - 23:59

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