ELLA VERES PRESENTS A PERFORMANCE-ART EVENT THAT HONORS MOTHER EARTH EVEN AS IT LAMENTS HER HUMAN-PROVOKED DECLINE
by Edward M. Gómez
As anyone who has been paying attention to the potent vicissitudes of global climate patterns knows by now, the planet Earth is in big trouble.
Centuries of human-caused pollution, exploitation and abuse of natural resources, and damage to the natural environment have provoked what may well turn out to be some irreparably disastrous conditions for all life forms.
Has the time come to sound the death knell for our weary planet?
For the New York-based artist Ella Veres, at least symbolically, as a way of calling attention to the human family’s current, shared, very urgent predicament, the answer is yes.
Each day during this Labor Day weekend (Friday, September 1 through Sunday, September 3), out on a grassy stretch on Governors Island, in New York Harbor, Veres has been presenting her “Earth Burial” event. This cheeky-serious performance-art piece signals again, as countless activists and concerned citizens around the world have been pointing out for decades, that zero hour for the planet’s survival has arrived.
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