“Emotions to generate change”: a photo exhibition in St Peter’s Square to push the issue of the care of creation at COP26 in Glasgow

The exhibition under the left colonnade of the Basilica OF ST. PETER (VATICAN CITY) from 31 October to 8 November 2021

The photographic exhibition, titled “Emotions to generate change”, was open in St. Peter’s Square (Vatican City) on Sunday, October 31, 2021. Dedicated to the Encyclical Laudato Si’, it is realized by Lia Beltrami, director and writer, and photographer Asaf Ud Daula

The exhibition, which took place on the occasion of the Special Year Laudato si’, the launching of the Laudato si’ Action Platform, and at the same time as the COP26 summit in Glasgow, has been visible under the left colonnade of the Basilica until 8 November inclusive. The exhibition includes a total of 40 photos, of which 26 will be on display, mounted on special wooden panels, the material of which was taken from trees felled by the Vaia Storm, which in 2018 hit the mountainous area of the Dolomites and the Venetian Pre-Alps.

Produced by Aurora Vision, the video above goes with the exhibition, with the words of the Holy Father dedicated to the path of conversion towards integral ecology and universal brotherhood, evoked in the Encyclicals Laudato Si’ and Fratelli tutti.

“Art,” said Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, who is sponsoring the initiative, “opens us up to worlds of different vision. The interpretation given by the creators of this exhibition, a young Muslim photographer from Bangladesh and a Catholic filmmaker, not only shows us that ‘nature is full of words of love’ (Laudato si’, 225), but that we can enter into dialogue with Creation, our common home, and with our brothers and sisters to show the profound artistry of our ecosystems”.

“The important thing”, Lia Beltrami explained, “is that art generates a change in people, moving even small steps within their consciences, day after day. When art is put at the service of the mission, that is when the conversion of the heart that the Pope asks of us is achieved. My experience and Asaf’s were shaken by the message of both Laudato si’ and Fratelli tutti, and we started from those to communicate – through photos but also through our lives – that a common path to promote integral ecology, and to protect creation and the people who live in it, is really possible”.

The exhibition is realised with the collaboration of: Archdiocese of Trento, Autonomous Province of Trento, Lions International, Montura, KPMG, Radè, Movinroots, Kyotohaus, Aurora Vision, Sulle Strade del Mondo.