Keeper of the Hearth

I was honored to participate in a panel discussion at RISD’s Fleet Library celebrating the publication of Keeper of the Hearth: Picturing Roland Barthes’ Unseen Photograph, edited by Odette England, with essays by Charlotte Cotton, Douglas Nickel, Lucy Gallun, and Philip Prodger.

Marking the 40th anniversary of Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida, Keeper of the Hearth brings together the contributions of over 200 photography-based artists, curators, and historians to reflect on Barthes’ unpublished snapshot of his mother.  The book is available for purchase here

Another Final Frontier

This past summer, I had the opportunity to work with Shona Kitchen and Aly Ogasian on their project, Another Final Frontier, which explores the relationship between NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and the natural landscape it sits within, managed by Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

In Shona’s words: “We ironically and poetically argue that Grey Island, a man-made spoil island within the boundaries of both Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Kennedy Space Center, offers a viable alternative for future human habitation. The project critiques the development of commercial spaceflight missions intended to establish permanent settlements on Mars through the use of terraforming. If we consider Kennedy Space Center as our final point of departure, then Grey Island is a return, a re-encountering of a world that is both familiar, yet strange and magical.”

My photographs of their project at Grey Island are currently being exhibited at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, through February 22nd, 2020.

Pictured: Shona Kitchen and installation in process.

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