Bees pollinate 75% of our food crops and they are dying at an alarming rate. A recent UN report showed that bees and other pollinators are threatened with extinction. If the bees die, we will starve.
Pesticides and neonicotinoids are having devastating effects on bees and must be banned. A beekeeper named James Cook drove a truck containing 2.5 million dead bees from his farm in Minnesota all the way to the steps of the US Environmental Protection Agency to raise the alarm. We must lobby to stop the manufacture of poisons that are killing bees. Our lives depend on it.
Karin Olah is an artist and a passionate environmentalist. She hopes her work Honey, We Killed the Bees will raise awareness of the devastating effects insecticides are having on bees, birds and other pollinators.
wood, honeycomb, metal
32 x 8 x 40 cm
Karin Olah, in conversation with Professor Ian Howard, discusses her work Honey, We Killed the Bees and answers questions from the audience. Recorded on 14 October 2017 at the exhibition.
Judges of the 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Djon Mundine OAM (Curator, Writer, Artist and Activist), Roslyn Oxley OAM (Gallerist and arts benefactor) and Alexie Glass-Kantor (Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney and Curator, Encounters, Art Basel | Hong Kong).
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