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Photographs from a world on fire

wildfires in Turkey 2021
Muğla, Turkiet, August 2, 2021. Photograph by: Yasin Akgül

Wildfires have ravaged many parts of the world this summer, threatening thousands of households and lives. In a new photographic exhibition, scholars from Lund University explore different aspects of wildfires in the Anthropocene. The photographs are snapshots of wildfires or their aftermaths from various parts of the world.

– There is an increased need to explore the different causes and effects of wildfires. We need to find ways to prepare the world for, and prevent, heightened wildfire risk, says Lina Eklund and Pinar Dinc, coordinators of the Advanced Study Group Wildfires in the Anthropocene, working at the Pufendorf IAS at Lund University.

Together with other scholars from across the university, they have studied different concerns in relation to fires, such as fire safety, climate change, biodiversity, public health, conflicts, and environmental security. In the photographic exhibition “The world is on fire” (Världen brinner), they present different aspects of wildfires in the past, present and future.  

Lina Eklund and Pinar Dinc hope the exhibition will raise awareness about the causes and impacts of wildfires. A problem they encounter continuously within their research.

– With this exhibition, we invite the visitors to come closer to, and learn more about, wildfires across the world. We hope the photographs will spark curiosity and concern about the many different aspects of wildfires, such as a changing climate, human wellbeing, and even armed conflict.

About the exhibition:

The exhibition displays photos demonstrating the multifaceted issues of wildfires in the Anthropocene, studied by the Advanced Study Group. The photographs are printed on canvas and exhibited in the Pufendorf IAS’ garden.

The exhibition opens at the culture night (Kulturnatten) in Lund with a short introduction by researchers from the Advanced Study Group.

The exhibition will then be open for the public until October 10.  

Place: The Pufendorf IAS´s garden (Pufendorfinstitutet), Biskopsgatan 3, Lund.