ChangeNOW, the world’s largest event for the planet, whose next edition will take place online on May 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2021, is partnering with Christie’s France to organize their first auction on sustainable art on Friday, May 28th. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the ChangeNOW Communities, an association launched by ChangeNOW to support low-carbon artistic creation. This unique auction is part of ChangeNOW’s 2021 Art for Change program, which highlights, as every year, the role of art in the transition.
ART FOR CHANGE AT CHANGENOW : A GROUNDBREAKING AUCTION
Since its launch in 2017, ChangeNOW has given art a prominent place. This year and for the first time at the fourth edition, the non-profit organization ChangeNOW Communities, in collaboration with the auction house Christie’s France, is putting up for sale 16 works by French and international artists.
A unique auction that is part of a broader Art for Change program: round tables highlighting the role of artists and institutions in social and environmental change, an immersive sound experience by Onyo, a custom design of the LiveTV studio by the street artist Zdey, a Film Festival and a Film market.
An online gallery will be open from May 3rd: www.changenow.world/auction to discover the 16 works and the artists’ sustainable creation process. The auction will take place on Friday, May 28, 2021, at 6:00 pm (CEST), and it will be possible to register through the gallery’s website.
12 ARTISTS, 16 WORKS TO DISCOVER
16 contemporary works, created for the occasion or from the artists’ galleries or personal collections, will be on sale amongst:
• Johé Bruneau “Energie Fossile” (2)
• Caroline Desnoëttes “Mutation”
• Julia Gault“Où le désert rencontrera la pluie 2”
• Rachel Marks “Confinement Diaries” (3)
• Jesu Moratiel“LOOK, THEY ARE FAIRIES!”
• Ornaghi & Prestinari “C2”
• Célestine Peuchot “News from nowhere”
• Clara Rivault “Objets spécifiques accouplés”
• Jordane Saget (In production)
• Linda Sanchez (Galerie Papillon) “Aluminium folie”
• Caroline Venet “Le Bureau Vivant”
• Tim Zdey (In production)
The works are estimated between 3,000 and 20,000 euros. They all have in common that they offer a new perspective on the value of materials and their life cycle. The mediums or techniques chosen by the artists minimize the impact on the environment by limiting the use of toxic materials, by reducing the quantity of material or energy, by using recycled or upcycled materials through the gallery’s website collected in forests or a car scrapyard, on a building site or in a craftsman’s workshop, without ever sacrificing the freedom and creative power.
“Since 2017, we have been committed to putting artists at the heart of the event. Our Art for Change program is now taking on a new dimension thanks to the trust of Christie’s France,“ explains Santiago Lefebvre, co-founder, and CEO of ChangeNOW. “This unprecedented sale presents sober and strong works by artists who shape the “already there,” who create with the “created.” The abandoned material is diverted, reshaped, sublimated, and re-sourced. The works are neither “green” nor militant, they do not approach ecology as a theme, but integrate it into the creative process.” Ronan de la Croix, curator at ChangeNOW.
“It is with great pleasure and pride that we are partnering with ChangeNOW to organize this auction of works by these committed artists. We need ambitious and disruptive projects, like those supported by ChangeNOW, to change attitudes. In this respect, our company has set itself the goal of becoming Carbon Zero by 2030, and we are already working towards greater diversity and equity through Christie’s initiatives.” says Julien Pradels, Managing Director of Christie’s France.
CHANGENOW COMMUNITIES ENCOURAGES LOW-CARBON ART
ChangeNOW supports, through its association ChangeNOW Communities, artists committing to solve the equation: more art, less carbon. The profits from the May 28th auction will be divided between the artist, his or her gallery, and ChangeNOW Communities, to support and encourage low-carbon artistic creation.,
Two significant actions that the non-profit will implement:
• The ChangeNOW Prize for Sustainable Creation will depend on the funds raised during the auction. It will be awarded to an artist selected by a professional jury, who will then create a new work exhibited at ChangeNOW 2022.
• A series of physical and virtual meetings in 2021 and 2022 inviting artists, collectors, institutions, eco-design, and ecology professionals to exchange and work together.