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Sink or Swim Photo Exhibit Opens at the Aquarium June 1

Sink or Swim Photo Exhibit Opens at the Aquarium June 1
Arambagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2009. After a night of heavy rain, Dhaka experienced widespread flooding around the city.


April 10, 2015

Starting June 1, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change, an exhibition organized by the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. The exhibition, guest curated for the Photography Space by Frances Anderton, architecture writer and host of KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture program, examines housing and infrastructure responses to rising seas, coastal flooding, and increasingly powerful storm surges tied to global climate change. Sink or Swim will be on view at the Aquarium through September 15, 2015.

The exhibition includes images from renowned photographers around the world examining the ways people are responding to sea level rise, from building complex systems of sea walls and dikes in the Netherlands to constructing floating schoolhouses in Nigeria. Other featured projects include housing and school facilities built out of paper tubes and shipping containers in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and flood-resistant housing in New Orleans built after Hurricane Katrina. Contributing photojournalists and fine art photographers include Iwan Baan, Stephen Wilkes, Jonas Bendiksen, and Paula Bronstein. The primary focus of the exhibit is the architectural and urban planning innovations being used to adapt to higher seas, as well as the human stories behind these solutions.

The Aquarium’s presentation of Sink or Swim will be complemented by sea level rise and extreme weather programming, including daily showings of the Aquarium’s Rising Sea and Extreme Weather shows for NOAA’s Science on a Sphere®, and a series of lectures by sea level rise experts Dan Cayan on June 24, John Gillis on June 25, and Reinhart Flick on July 1.