Thought provoking Essay
September 1: As the environment is changing photographers try to keep pace, some by recording the present, others by envisaging the future.
Two exhibitions, both of which opened yesterday, Saturday August 31, but 7,000 kms apart, serve as examples; Gideon Mendel‘s Drowning World at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, 333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, Florida, until December 9, and Ilkka Halso, Landscape Anatomy – Dissection, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Yrjönkatu 8–10 sisäpiha, 00120 Helsinki.
Gideon Mendel (2012) Florence Abraham Igbogene, Bayelsa State Nigeria, November 2012
Because his project has been ongoing for more than ten years now, we have all had the chance to see the extraordinarily graphic demonstration by Gideon Mendel (*1959, Johannesburg, South Africa) in his Drowning World of the effects of climate change—of frequent and increasing flooding—on people.
He makes his work not at the breaking-news front-line of the events, but during the aftermath, photographing the flooded inhabitants as they…
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