November 14, 2013
As we consider sustainability wellness, health and community development are integral to the topic. Despite the ;lack of knowledge around art and sustainability both amorphous and elusive topics in which the discourse is within a small group of discussants. The ability to traverse the language of both disciplines by “Local artists to promote awareness on NCDs” brings voice to social change efforts.
The role of the 19 Fijian artists are staged for exhibition tomorrow. The work is “aimed at raising public awareness and dialogue on NCDs in Fiji. The art exhibition, called Sokota, is an outcome of the Educating for Sustainable Lifestyles through the Arts Projects. “Sokota is an indigenous iTaukei concept meaning to embark on a voyage,” reports Fiji Times.
“It is also an open invitation to others to traverse the wide ocean,” the dean of the college of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at FNU, Professor Ian Rouse said.
When varied ecosystems are understood education begins to identify how sustainability begins to manage change.
The work considers “the role of women and mothers, men and fathers, community leaders, teachers and the school. These artists consider the cost of healthy living, the marketing of the fast food industry, changing lifestyles, convenience foods, eating on the go, substance abuse and a lack of exercise.”
Consider, how artists can palace a lens and perspective on the state of the world. Rouse said, the artists would take a wellness perspective, sharing their interpretations of what it meant to be well in the current socio-economic, political and cultural context of the 21st Century Fiji. Their conceptual art projects bring art into the national health and wellness dialogue.”
From art to research can identify the connections between wellness, smart grid, sustainability, energy, resources and infrastructure. Artists can take the role of pundit, push back and deconstruct meaning to provide measurable and feasible linkages for positive change.