The Polar Silk Road

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The Polar Silk Road – Photographs by Gregor Sailer

  • 26 May 2023 — 26 Nov 2023

Temperatures in the Arctic are rising at three times the global average. Soon, the once permanent sea ice will have retreated enough to open up a shorter sea route through the Arctic, exposing the area to increased travel, research and exploitation.

Austrian photographer Gregor Sailer's photography exhibition The Polar Silk Road explores the existing, potential, and unexpected impacts of this new global trade route and documents this fast-changing region at a pivotal moment in its history.

His images highlight human-made marks on the otherwise pristine landscape and question the possibilities of widespread environmental, economic and social impacts that further exploitation might cause.

Supported by the ACF London and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport.

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The Polar Silk Road Poster (Credit Trustees of the Natural History Museum London)

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD