The Mirror of Armila

I was honored to be invited by Carl Safina to write for his National Geographic’s NewsWatch page, published here, about my experiences in Armila, Panama with the beautiful Guna women artists there.  Here is my original text: THE MIRROR OF ARMILA, Pam Longobardi 6/17/14 There are no mirrors in Armila.  As a culture, the Guna are less concerned with themselves than they are with their families, friends and community.  When you live in Armila, you see yourself only as a reflection in the faces of the beautiful smiling people of this town. …

Plastic Free Island – in ACTION!~

  Our newest film teaser for PLASTIC FREE ISLAND documentary film coming in Fall 2014: Plastic Free Island in ACTION~!! A time-lapse capsule of the 2 week action on Kefalonia:  the Plastic Free Island core team, its friends, sponsors, outreach coordinators and hundreds of engaged citizens with 10s of thousands of pieces of plastic removed from 7 coastal zone sites of caves and beaches of the island!  There were educational programs for university students, citizens and children’s workshops covering forensic plastic removal, loggerhead sea turtle conservation and single-use disposable plastic…

Meeting aboard GREENPEACE Rainbow Warrior!!~

The universe works in mysterious ways:  GREENPEACE Rainbow Warrior III sails, purely by wind power using no petroleum, into Argostoli port on Kefalonia the day of our opening at the Ionion Center.  GREENPEACE Greece Defense Coordinator Dimitris Ibrahim issues Drifters Project Founder Pam Longobardi and Plastic Pollution Coalition CEO Dianna Cohen a special invitation to meet onboard to discuss our project:  they are here to protest the proposed drilling of the Ionian Sea and we join forces to protest and create positive action on the oil and plastic disaster.  …

Plastic Free Island Kefalonia PRESS + MEDIA!~

Ionian Press, July 13 “The Plastic Free Island in Argostoli Square in a Lovely Manifestation” Ionian Channel TV, July 9 (aired) ‘Program: Plastic Free Island’ InKefalonia, July 8 (featured article with photos/videos) efimerida Kefalonia July 8 “No Straws for Koutavos” Kefalonia Press, July 13  ‘REPORT “KEFALONIA-MODEL:  PLASTIC FREE ISLAND”’ Kefalonia News, July 19 ‘Plastic Free Island, an innovative program that brings Kefalonia on the world stage …’ Kefalonitis, youtube, July 8 Kefalonia Press, July 8 efmerida Kefalonia, July 4, “Mission Accomplished Against Plastic Pollution- Journal Kefalonia“ Portoni.gr, July 5  “Meeting between the Vice Mayor Mr. Kekatos of Tourism Kefalonia and Drifter’s Project Pam Longobardi…

Drifters Project Kefalonia / PLASTIC FREE ISLAND

About In 2014, we want to help Kefalonia become a Plastic Free Island. Plastic objects are the cultural archaeology of our time. They are a portrait of global late-capitalist consumer society, mirroring our desires, wishes, hubris and ingenuity. These are objects with unintended consequences. In an ongoing collaboration with the Ionion Center for Art and Culture, Drifters Project has been cleaning beaches and sea caves all around the incredible island of Kefalonia. In 2011, we collaborated with a sea turtle rescue project; in 2012, we cleaned a giant sea cave…

GYRE: The Plastic Ocean book

With stunning visual impact and an astonishing array of ocean trash, internationally recognized artists create works of art for this exhibition from debris collected from beaches around the world. Plastic packaging in a throwaway culture finds its way into our ocean biosphere and then into the hands of artists. Our oceans and beaches are awash in plastic pollution propelled by gyre (rotating ocean currents). The exhibition explores the relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption. BUY HERE  ON AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/Gyre-Plastic-Ocean-Julie-Decker/dp/1861543557 Here is my chapter contribution:…

ENDLESS: New Exhibition opening at Sandler Hudson in Atlanta Nov. 1st

  Event Horizon: Economies of Scale, (detail of installation), 2013, microplastic, plastic, oil, hydrocarbons, steel, gouache, acrylic, pigment on cyanotype over wood, 22″ x 18″ x 230″ SANDLER HUDSON GALLERY ENDLESS by Pam Longobardi November 1- December 14, 2013 Reception: Friday, November 1, 2013 7:00-9:00pm  Artist Talk and Film Screening:  Saturday, November 23, 2:00pm Sandler Hudson Gallery is pleased to present Pam Longobardi, the 2013 winner of the prestigious Hudgens Prize, one of the largest art awards given in the entire nation, in a solo exhibition entitled ENDLESS. This show combines…

GYRE Exhibition Upcoming at Anchorage Museum in Feb 2014~

The GYRE exhibition tells a global ocean debris story through the work of more than 20 celebrated artists from around the world.  The 7,500 square-foot exhibition will include a section specific to Alaska featuring the 2013 GYRE expedition’s resulting scientific discoveries, as well as art created from the marine debris gathered on Alaska’s beaches during the journey. The exhibition also incorporates content from the Burke Museum’s Plastics Unwrapped, offering a balanced scientific and cultural history of how plastics are used in our daily lives.The GYRE exhibition is on view February through…

National Geographic Magazine and Video Feature!

The GYRE Expedition, a project I have been working on with the Anchorage Museum and Alaska Sea Life Center for four years, was an amazing success. National Geographic producer JJ Kelly and Josh Thomas have made a potent and beautiful film that is a Nat Geo feature video and profiled in the magazine. See magazine: www.slideshare.net/jimripall1/national-geographic-interactive-september-2013 See full film: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/141204-gyre-video-complete  and www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytw7vMiD0XE&feature=youtu.be Drifters Project is featured in a section called ‘NEXT.’  My family subscribed to Nat Geo all during my childhood, and my first ‘serious’ art experiences involved drawing pictures of the amazing…