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2003-08-16 until 2003-10-12
Center for Photography at Woodstock
USA United States of America
The Center for Photography at Woodstock presents MANAGING EDEN. Curated by Kate Menconeri and Ariel Shanberg the exhibition features CPW artists, Joann Brennan, Tim Butler,
Dornith Doherity, Deborah Edmeades, Dana Fritz, Cynthia Greig, Derek Jonhston, David Maisel, and Lorie Nix. At a time when many critical issues pertaining to the natural balance and survival of the planet seem to be receiving inadequate attention, it becomes more clear that there are consequences if we fail to recognize these issues now and their impact on our future.
The artists presented in Managing Eden shed light on the complexity of environmental "intervention", stewardship, and detachment. Addressing a broad spectrum of environmental concerns, including animal habitat management, land preservation, mineral mining, pollution, natural disasters, genetically altered foods, and our personal and spiritual connections to the land we inhabit, they provide the viewer an opportunity to consider our own engagement with the word we live in. The title was inspired by the important work of one of the featured artists - Joann Brennan - whose work examines the many sides of habitat management, scientific experiment, conservation research, and the debate between intervention and wildness. And rather than simplify the issues she boldly begins by questioning our own assumptions..."Is the hunter a villain? Is the biologist a saint?"
Snow Protection, Chosen-ji, 2000