This display weaves together examples of coastal transformations from India, Norway, the UK, and Slovenia, highlighting continuity and change through satellite images, statistics, life histories, ethnographic films, and archival and photo materials.
Marine communities have always been exposed to a host of environmental phenomena, such as tides, tsunamis, cyclones, and storms, and strong winds that could change overnight into a mere breeze with clear blue skies. Climate-induced transformations combined with human impacts (urbanisation, industrialisation) adversely impact the living spaces, lives, and incomes of coastal communities, especially small scale fishers.
The exhibition on coastal transformations speaks to this point, journeying worldwide through seven thematic entries that highlight the topics of history, politics, environmental change, gender and identity, the intersection of the past and future and the everyday life of those who live off the sea. Characterised by different historical and contemporary developments, constraints and possibilities that nonetheless exhibit common themes of loss and precarity, the multiplicity of stories narrated at the exhibition also speak of hope, adaptability, and resilience.
FisherCoast team and curators of the exhibition: Dr Nataša Rogelja Caf and Dr Martina Bofulin, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts
Curators: Nataša Rogelja Caf and Martina Bofulin
Editors: Nataša Rogelja Caf, Martina Bofulin, Ajit Menon, Maarten Bavinck
Editorial board: Ajit Menon, Maarten Bavinck, Nitya Rao, D. Parthasarathy, Nataša Rogelja Caf, Martina Bofulin
Collaborators: Ajit Menon (project leader), Christophe Proisy, Balasubramanian D., Muthusankar G., Balachandran N., Nicolas Bautès, Senthil Babu D., Arun B. Inamdar, D. Parthasarathy, Nitya Rao, Ishita Patil, Carole White, Becky Taylor, Maria Abranches, Natalie Djohari, Maarten Bavinck, Bjørn-Petter Finstad, Keshav Prasad Paudel, Tara Nicole Lawrence, Urša Kanjir, Špela Kastelic, Arunkumar P., Bhagat Singh, Mahala S., Nataša Rogelja and Martina Bofulin
Concept and design: Nataša Rogelja Caf, Martina Bofulin, NUMO
Technical implementation: NUMO
Proofreading: Terry T. Jackson
Banner photo: Nataša Rogelja Caf
Fisheries in numbers photo: Martina Bofulin
Life histories & memories photo: Maritime Museum Piran Archives
Following the fish photo: Špela Kastelic
Women in fisheries photo: Nicolas Bautès
Continuity and change photo: Nataša Rogelja Caf
From the archives photo: Gunnar Fjermeros, Troms og Finmark fylksbibliotek
Coastal transformations photo: Alos by JAXA/ESA
ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, 2021
We are grateful to the Maritime Museum ‘Sergej Mašera’ Piran (Slovenia), Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life (UK), Steffe family archive, Jaka Jeraša, Ciril Jazbec, Craig Easton, Shibaye Bose and Srečko Gombač for kindly lending individual photos from their collections.