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An immersive documentary photography exhibition visualizing the climate crisis

COAL + ICE is a documentary photography exhibition that brings together the work of over 50 photographers and video artists from around the world to visualize the climate crisis – its causes and consequences – as a large-scale immersive experience. COAL + ICE is co-curated by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and renowned exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, and led by Orville Schell, the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society.

For its most recent presentation, Asia Society was honored to collaborate with the Kennedy Center to bring COAL + ICE to our nation’s capital for its East Coast premiere from ​​March 15 to April 23, 2022. COAL + ICE was uniquely adapted for the Kennedy Center. 50 projectors illuminated the 30,000-square-foot exhibition space built on the Kennedy Center’s REACH Plaza.

D.C. Recap!

COAL + ICE at the Kennedy Center centered around a vibrant six-week festival of climate-related events, including music, theater, panel discussions, art-making and more. Interventions by guest artists engaged local, national, and global communities, inviting audiences of all ages to join the climate conversation and seek new solutions. Enjoyed the video? Learn more about all our events below. 

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The COAL + ICE Climate Posterator

The Climate “Posterator” (Poster + Creator) was a globally accessible digital platform for designing original posters in response to the climate crisis created especially for the COAL + ICE exhibition. Users were able to create their own unique designs by pairing images from the COAL + ICE exhibition with text to print or share online. All posters were featured inside the exhibition. Ten designs were awarded a prize of $1,500 each supported by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. Presented in collaboration with Amplifier.

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Listen to our podcast

The COAL + ICE Podcast is a global conversation on how climate change is playing out around the world, and what we can do about it. All seven episodes are available now, where ever you listen to podcasts.

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COAL + ICE Podcast