Maxime Riché /, série "Paradise".
December 11, 2023

Invisible Consequences: Climate Disaster Recovery

Reid Hall | 4 rue de Chevreuse 75006 Paris
Free and open to the public / Registration required

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In a conversation blending art and research, Joshua DeVincenzo and Maxime Riché will discuss the invisible impacts of climate disasters and pathways to recovery. Their dialogue, focusing on the example of megafires, will be moderated by CGC | Paris Climate Response Lead Mélody Braun.


Josh DeVincenzo (2023-24 Faculty Visitor) is the Assistant Director of Training and Education and Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia Climate School’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness. Josh’s research examines the relationship between climate change and mental models and his expertise lies in developing lifelong learning experiences on disaster preparedness, mitigation, recovery, and resilience. He has created curricula in the United States on disaster financial literacy, economic impact analysis, and community partnerships. Josh aims to provide accessible and quality educational programming on a large scale, focusing on climate change and equity. His work on climate pedagogy and cognition has appeared in the Journal of International Affairs, Routledge, State of Planet, and the Hill. Josh holds a master’s degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Maxime Riché is a photographer and director who lives and works in Paris. In a line of work he defines as “speculative documentary”, Riché deals with our ability to adapt to environmental upheavals and the ensuing evolution of our living habits. He is the winner of Prix Maison Blanche, Passe-Partout Prize, Fotografia Europea, a grantee of the French National Center for the Arts (Cnap), finalist for Prix Swiss Life à 4 mains and Grand Prix Vevey, and twice Prix Pictet nominee. He is a contributor to GEO, M le magazine du Monde, Wired, a member of the editorial committee of Revue EPIC︎︎︎ and trained for educational photography workshops by the Diagonal network︎︎︎. In 2023, Riché is artist-in-residence at La Capsule and the International College of Photography︎︎︎ in Paris for a carte blanche on climbing, in preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games. 

His book Paradise, featuring over 70 photographs and unpublished documents, is due for publication in early 2024.

Pre-order your signed book before December 15, 2023.


Mélody Braun is a Senior Staff Associate at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), seconded as Climate Response Lead to Columbia Global Centers | Paris, to help connect and expand climate engagement and partnerships between New York and France/Europe.


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