The Wife of the President, Elizabeta Gjorgievska, together with Ambassador David Geer, Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of North Macedonia, opened the exhibition “Pink Tigers and Golden Lizards and Evrything Else”, held at the EU Residence in Skopje.
The main topic of the exhibition is prevention of biodiversity collapse, and the artists, inspired by the European Green Agreement, had the opportunity to express their environmental concerns. The exhibition, which will be open to the public until May 20 this year, is part of the Green Deal campaign launched by the EU Delegation in November last year, calling for strong political commitment and urgent action at all levels in tackling climate change.
In her address, Gjorgievska stressed that today’s exhibition is another confirmation that artists and their works do not exist separately from the images of the time in which they act, but they are a re-examination and critical reflection with the truths offered by the context in which they exist.
Speaking about the responsibility of the artist, Gjorgievska stressed that artists can become central figures around which the identity is built at a time, and thus influence the processes that will contribute to sensitization and emancipation in relation to the most burning issues, but also to our responsibility for caring for the common good through greater solidarity and greater empathy for humanity and the planet Earth.
“It is through this exhibition, through this creative reaction that we are witnessing today, that we see how artists with their works penetrate the frightening image we live in – environmental death, resource irresponsibility, human humiliation – intervening in further flows and changes related to the social body”, Gjorgievska said, adding that culture etymologically refers to nurturing, cultivating, creating models that will ennoble the planet, and thus contribute to the careful and balanced development of biodiversity, and therefore artistic creation should be considered an integral agent of green policies.