Portable Memories in Rising Seas

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Fifty-Fifty art collective’s multimedia project Portable Memories in Rising Seas, hosted by the Sustainable Solutions Lab and the Climigration Network, is an opportunity to reflect on our relationships to the places we call home in the context of climate change and sea level rise.

Please join us for an exciting opportunity to interact with artists and other participants as you draw, doodle, or write in response to short films and a discussion. The films provide a launching point for us to turn our gazes inward and locate ourselves in the climate crisis. Following the event, participants’ drawings are interpreted into prints that become an archive of our memories and concerns. These may help us to remember our communities before the hurricanes, fires, and rising seas in the future.


Fifty-Fifty is an artist collective founded by Lisa Bulawsky and Laurencia Strauss, working at the intersection of individual experience and the public sphere, negotiating cultural tensions through socially engaged participatory art practices. Their work includes Portable Memories in Rising Seas, an ongoing project with iterations in AFTER LIFE (we survive) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2020-21), Miami and Key West, FL (2017-18), Stories for Fishes at O Cinema Wynwood, Miami FL (2016), and Ferguson, Signs in the Public Sphere in Knoxville, TN (2015).


The Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston is an applied research and action institute working at the intersection of climate and equity. Our mission is to understand the disproportionate impacts of climate change on marginalized communities and partner with them to develop equitable and sustainable solutions.

The Climigration Network brings community leaders and practitioners together to generate equitable, just, community-led approaches to relocation for people most affected by the worsening impacts of climate change — those who are now finding it impossible to live safely in place.