Foam presents the exhibition On Earth – Imaging, Technology and the Natural World at the 50th edition of the Rencontres d’Arles, the largest and most respected photography festival in the world.
Image: Kate in an EEG Study of Cognition in the Wild, Strayer Lab, University of Utah, 2015. photo: Lucas Foglia / Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery
Foam presents the exhibition On Earth – Imaging, Technology and the Natural World at the 50th edition of the Rencontres d’Arles, the largest and most respected photography festival in the world.lg with our environment?
On Earth brings together the work of 25 contemporary artists who use innovative imaging strategies to reflect on the evolving relationship between humans and nature. Besides photography, the artists make use of installation, sculpture, in-game photography and video. With a few exceptions, image-makers no longer traverse the land – camera in hand – to document their surroundings. Photographers such as Thomas Albdorf, Drew Nikonowicz and Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács employ social media, image search engines, Google Maps, virtual reality and other visual tools to unpick our increasingly mediated and screen-based experience of the landscape.
Kate in an EEG Study of Cognition in the Wild, Strayer Lab, University of Utah, 2015. photo: Lucas Foglia / Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery
The inherent interconnectedness between (imaging) technology and the our experience of the natural landscape becomes apparent in the work of Mark Dorf and Lucas Foglia, who prove that our definition of what constitutes nature is largely dependent on human engineering. The power of the image to evidence (or obscure) the devastating effects of human engagement with the land is explored by artists such as Matthew Brandt and Anouk Kruithof, while artists such as Melanie Bonajo and Adam Jeppesen present alternative ways of connecting to nature.
The various visual approaches diverge and converge throughout the exhibition, showing how artists seek to both scrutinise and reconcile our technological, socio-economical, spiritual and political connection with the world.
Until 22 September, 2019
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