Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Nichole Sobecki, Boy with Porcupine, July 2016. Archival pigment print, 20 × 20.
Nichole Sobecki, Boy with Porcupine
Nichole Sobecki, Ahmed and Hamza untangle their nets, May 2016. Archival pigment print, 20 × 20.
Nichole Sobecki, Ahmed and Hamza untangle their nets
Nichole Sobecki, Field of Cacti, April 2016. Archival pigment print, 24 × 36.
Nichole Sobecki, Field of Cacti
2018 Featured Exhibition

Nichole Sobecki
Climate for Conflict

May 8–31, 2018
Nikola Rukaj Gallery
384 Eglinton Ave W

This is the story of the mother who didn’t flee civil war but fled the drought; of the fisherman pushed into piracy by empty nets in a depleted, lawless sea; and of the young farmer who felt the pull of the militant group Al Shabab when his crops failed for multiple seasons. Climate change and environmental degradation are transforming Somalia, pushing people to desperate choices and violence. Somalis live—and die—depending on the amount of rain that falls each year. For generations, they have survived extreme conditions, relying on their traditions and community. A quarter-century of civil war tested those ties and challenged their resiliency. But now, less rain falls, and temperatures are rising. “With this weather pattern, Somalia or Somalis will not survive,” said Fatima Jibrell, an environmental activist. “Maybe the land, a piece of desert called Somalia, will exist on the map of the world, but Somalis cannot survive.”

Through photography and rare archival imagery, Climate for Conflict explores the environmental roots of conflict in Somalia, and the ways its woes spill beyond its place on the map.

Curated by Audrey Willsey and Nichole Sobecki

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.