Snapshot: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery 20.09.2020

One of the first things I did after moving to Bristol was visiting the Extinction Voices exhibition at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. The exhibition’s title was inspired by a citation from environmentalist Paul Hawken: ‘Nature is noisy. It walks, it crawls, it swims, it swoops, it buzzes. But extinction is silent. It has no voice except our own.’

The exhibition – and the Hawken citation – made me think about (in)visibility and voice(less)ness. The shrouds were incredibly effective: how come the very act of veiling these threatened (and extinct) species make them so visible?