Human/Nature: Recent European Landscape Photography

June 28, 2008—October 5, 2008

Location: Bloch Building, Gallery L11

This exhibition features a selection of large-scale color photographs by a new generation of European artists, including Andreas Gefeller, Peter Bialobrzeski, Massimo Vitali, Olaf Otto Becker, Bart Michiels, Jem Southam, and Wout Berger, among others. These artists engage with the contemporary European landscape in varying ways.

For some, the land retains romantic associations, as a source of sublime inspiration. For others, cultural interventions such as the leisure industry and real estate development are paramount concerns. Notions of home, the physical and emotional weight of history, and the power of memory to shape perception of the land also inform these images. Together, these works explore the endlessly complex relationship between nature and the human presence, from harmonious coexistence to contentious exploitation. This exhibition provides the first opportunity to view bold, contemporary works never before seen in this region.

This exhibition is supported by the Hall Family Foundation. Midwest Airlines is the official airline sponsor.

Image: Bart Michiels, Verdun 1916, Le Mort Homme, 2001. Chromogenic print. Image: 60 x 72 inches. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2007.21.20.

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