About the Art of Resilience

The Art of Resilience brings together international artists, technologists, and makers representing Latin America, South and East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the United States. Curated from a global call for entries, The Art of Resilience demonstrates how art can unite a range of disciplines—big data, scientific research, and community organizing—to further the understanding and communication of disaster and climate risk. The Art of Resilience aims to showcase how these new synergies can uniquely and directly support societal efforts to build widespread resilience to disasters and climate change.

Organized by the Labs team of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the World Bank Group Art Program, The Art of Resilience includes a wide range of the creative arts—from public art installations, data visualization, and analog photography to digital media, sculpture, and painting. This diversity of mediums, from the more traditional to the hyper-contemporary, highlights how art can be layered atop, placed alongside, or embedded within scientific research to communicate the lived experience of climate change and disaster risk.

The artworks you see here are those that have been selected for exhibition at the World Bank Group headquarters in Washington, DC, as well as pieces that speak to the theme at hand but were not included in the exhibition.

The Art of Resilience should inspire individuals, communities, and governments all over the world to incorporate art into their work on this pressing issue. Please view the guidance collated by GFDRR Labs and the World Bank Group Art Program on how projects aimed at building disaster and climate resilience can productively and meaningfully engage with artists and their work. These recommendations build upon many years of cumulative experience working at the intersection of art and international development. We hope that they will help development partners engage with art as a powerful, if too often untapped, approach for building a safer and more equitable world.