SPEAKERS SERIES | Mythologies of the 21st Century
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Every landscape is a construction. It is the result of a negotiation with nature. Within this process, landscape holds layers of the history that precedes it and builds an 'archaeological archive' that often does not correspond to the official narratives from which we create our realities.
Photography has the power to return its agency to landscape, turning it into a live archive from which different discourses can be generated. Landscape thus becomes a ‘storyteller’ capable of exposing its own history, and with it the history of those who were silenced in the past. The photographic fabrication can help us visualise the layers within landscape, unveiling the consequences of our action over nature, such as the controversies of climate change, or even traumatic events that occurred in different epochs.
In this session, photographer and scholar Dr. Paul Lowe and invited artist Aletheia Casey will discuss the idea of "Landscape as Archive" through their own artistic practice and visual investigations, exploring landscape as a resource of knowledge and information.