OPENING RECEPTION: February 14, 2014 from 8 - 11pm
EXHIBITION RUNS: February 14, 2012 through to March 7, 2014
“The Ecologies of Photography” visualizes a selection of heavy industries that are directly and indirectly related to the production of photography itself. Jennifer Norman’s extraordinary photographs, taken on large format ﬁlm, mark the apex of a PhD in Photography from the Sydney College of Arts, Australia.
The term ‘ecology’ invokes the complexities involved in ecologically motivated photography to reference both the aesthetic beneﬁts and ecological drawbacks of the photographic medium. The visual reconstruction of the industrial sites as artiﬁcially beautiful creates avisual paradox that informs the political investigation of this series; manufactured landscapes are inherently political landscapes, yet the images are equally a-political as beautiﬁed aesthetic objects. As a result, these images acknowledge that our successes in industrial production have ironically contributed to our environmental failures, while simultaneously suggesting that we might positively learn from past mistakes by pursuing unlikely and creative avenues in the future. Pith Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of these works as part of Exposure Photography Festival 2014.
Jennifer Norman will be speaking at the Photographer Presentation taking place at Village Brewery on February 13 from 7 - 9 p.m.