COAL + ICE is an immersive documentary photography and video exhibition that seeks to visualize the climate crisis. COAL + ICE is co-curated by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and renowned Dutch exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, and brings together the work of over 40 photographers and video artists from around the world to visually narrate the consequences triggered by the continued use of fossil fuels. 

COAL + ICE was first developed in 2011 for Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing, and has travelled across China and around the world. In 2018, the exhibition and month-long festival made its U.S. premiere at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture. COAL + ICE is a project of Asia Society, under the direction of Orville Schell, the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S. China Relations.

Orville Schell  |  Executive Producer

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a  former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of fifteen books, ten of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes. His most recent book is Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century. He is also a contributor to such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The China Quarterly, and The New York Review of Books, among others.

Susan Meiselas  |  Co-Curator

Susan Meiselas is a documentary photographer and has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1976. She is the author of Carnival Strippers and Nicaragua:  June 1978-July 1979; and editor of Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, El Salvador: Work of 30 Photographers and Encounters with the Dani. She is best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America, which were published widely throughout the world. Meiselas has had one-woman exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Her work is included in American and international collections.

Jeroen de Vries  | Exhibition Designer / Co-Curator

Jeroen de Vries lives and works in Amsterdam and Belgrade. He works as a freelance designer, curator and teacher.  In the 70s, De Vries made use of photography for political posters against the war in Vietnam and for the Polish trade union and movement Solidarnosc. In the 80s and 90s he created various photo exhibitions with social-historical and political subjects in major Dutch museums. Currently, De Vries experiments with the spatial representation of photography combining prints with audio visual projections on an international scale.


Orville Schell
Executive Producer
Jeroen de Vries,
Exhibition Designer / Co-Curator
Susan Meiselas
Leah Thompson
Jillian Schultz
Chris Hammer
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Rachel Rosado
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Don Kahler
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Noopur Agarwal
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Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations

Orville Schell
Arthur Ross Director
Susan Jakes
Editor, ChinaFile
Jessica Batke
Senior Editor, ChinaFile
Mary Kay Magistad
Associate Director
Ouyang Bin
Associate Director, China Programs
Sara Segal-Williams
Assistant Director
Jeffrey Sequeira
Assistant Director


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COAL + ICE is an immersive documentary photography and video exhibition that seeks to visualize the climate crisis. The exhibition is a project of Asia Society.

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