COAL + ICE: Immersive Documentary Photographic Exhibition Visualizing the Climate Crisis

COAL + ICE, a project of Asia Society, is an immersive exhibition of documentary photography that brings together the work of over 50 photographers from around the world to visualize the climate crisis.

A dynamic six-week programming series transforms the exhibition center into a stage for music, performance, panel discussions, artistic creation and more. This exhibit brings the environmental and human costs of climate change to life through eye-opening images, videos and events.

Co-curated by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and acclaimed exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, COAL + ICE traces a photographic arc from the depths of coal mines to the melting glaciers of the great Himalayas, and across the globe. where sea level rise and extreme weather events are taking their toll. Through intimate portraits and vast weathered landscapes, these photographs document our relationship to fossil fuels and the consequences triggered by this continued addiction.

Over the past decade, COAL+ICE has traveled the world, visually evolving with the climate crisis. Asia Society is honored to partner with the Kennedy Center to bring COAL+ICE to our nation’s capital for its East Coast premiere March 15-April 22. COAL+ICE will be uniquely adapted for the Kennedy Center where 48 projectors will illuminate the 30,000 square foot exhibit space built on REACH Plaza.

Admission to the exhibition and all programming is free with pre-registration required for events.


Tracey L. Sweeney