Future Scenarios is a multi-platform project by Lena Dobrowolska & Teo Ormond-Skeaping. Working with scenarios thinking, the artists have documented climate change exacerbated phenomena and climate solutions that offer us glimpses of the future.
Having learned about climate-induced displacement in Bangladesh and Uganda while working on Future Scenarios, Dobrowolska and Ormond-Skeaping are now creating a single-screen artist film to explore the displacement of family from the UK by a storm and their journey to the Global South to seek refuge. The film will also portray the final stages of a complex negotiation over an ambitious multilateral treaty to protect people displaced by climate change impacts. The film’s working title is You Never Know One Day You Too Might Become a Refugee, and it will be complemented by online materials, events and exhibitions.
Lena Dobrowolska (b.1985, Poland); Teo Ormond-Skeaping (b.1987, UK) live and work in London. They are artist collaboration working with photography, artist’s film, virtual reality, installation and research. Since 2012 they have been working on extensive, interdisciplinary projects relating to political ecology, climate change, climate justice, loss and damage, slow violence and the Anthropocene, which they prefer to call the Capitalocene.
Through their work, the artists seek to drive change in the political and cultural narratives that surround climate change, migration, human rights and development. In addition to reaching the broader public, Dobrowolska and Ormond-Skeaping want to show policymakers, migration specialists and other technical experts that storytelling and experiential filmmaking are powerful tools that can be used to address complex policy issues.
Dobrowolska and Ormond-Skeaping have collaborated with a network of climate change researchers, NGOs, policymakers and institutions including, but not limited to, ICCCAD, UNHCR, the Tyndall Centre and Jesuit Refugee Services. They have also exhibited internationally, with most recent exhibitions including: Month of Photography in Minsk (2020), Fotobok Festival Oslo (2020), Photomonth Krakow (2020), Noorderlicht Festival of Photography: Taxed To The Max (2019), Ci.CLO Bienal Fotografia do Porto (2019), Kunst HausWien: Museum Hundertwasser (2019). The duo has also presented and lectured at institutions, conferences and events including: The Financial Times Weekend, Wilderness Festival, the Royal Geographical Society, Anthropocenes 2020, and The Anticipation Conference.
Dobrowolska & Ormond-Skeaping’s work was presented at the UN climate change conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain in December 2019 following their selection as winners of the 2019 COAL Prize, announced at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France that same year.