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We live in history’s first “urban” century, and three quarters of the world population are expected in cities by 2050, when more that 700 million climate refugees could be on the move.

War 1 Plain of jars, laos, march 2015

Iron Age Stone Jars in Laos form an astonishing contrast with the bomb craters left behind by war. During the Vietnam war, 2 million metric tons of bombs were dropped on Laos. Laos was never at war, but was simply collateral damage, prefiguring the wars of the last 30 years.


Music credit: Coldnoise - Inside 2013

Standing Rock 1 Turtle island, north dakota, usa, november 25th 2016

Oceti Sakowin Camp is an historical gathering to protect water and sacred places threatened by the Dakota Access Pipeline. The image was photographed on Thanksgiving Day when 200,000 "Water Protectors" peacefully protested against police and armed militia hired by the pipeline builders. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe helped Anne to create the Shrine.


Music credit: Bortex - One Moment

Standing Rock 2 TURTLE ISLAND, NORTH DAKOTA, USA, NOVEMBER 25TH 2016

Water pollution is a most serious ecological threat. There is hope that with peaceful protests like the one at Standing Rock we will learn to better protect our blue gold. The shield of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe protects the TimeShrine as a symbol of hope, but also as a strong warning.


Music credit: Bortex - One Moment

Before the Cyclone Refugee shrine, Lampedusa, Italy, november 2014

There are an estimated 65 million refugees in the world today, the highest level ever recorded, and half of them are children. The TimeShrine is comprised of parts of refugee boats  and items found inside them. Anne photographed this installation shortly before the first cyclone in the history of Lampedusa hit the island.  

Senza Bandiera Refugee Shrine, Lampedusa, Italy, November 2014

Anne created the TimeShrine with clothes of refugees and chrysanthemums to honor the tens of thousands who died crossing the Mediterranean. 7 billion people will live in cities by 2050. By then 700 million climate refugees may be on the move. Without a solution for climate change no militarized walls will protect one part of the population from the other.

Rhino Cemetery OL PEjETA CONSERVANCY, KENYA, SEPTEMBER 2015

The TimeShrine was created on one of the last Rhino Sanctuaries in Africa. Each mound of stones marks the burial plot of a rhino killed by poachers on sanctuary grounds. Wildlife conservancies, such as Ol Pejeta, work with local communities to provide better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.

Dance at dusk OL DONYO WATERHOLE, CHYULU HILLS, KENYA, SEPTEMBER 2014

The TimeShrine comprises poison-tipped arrows and spears confiscated from poachers, bones of poached elephants and beaded pieces to honor the local Masai people. Oxfam recently stated that the Masai lifestyle, with their ability to produce food in deserts and scrublands, should be embraced as a response to climate change.

Silk Route NUBRA VALLEY, Ladakh, INDIA, JUNE 2015

Nubra Valley, on the border between India and Pakistan, was once on the ancient silk route. Today conflict over ownership of the Siachen Glacier has made it a military zone. The image includes desert roses and Bactrian camels, descendants of the ones Marco Polo left behind.