Jaclyn Wright & Amy Kim
Saturday, March 18 - 1:00PM to 1:45PM
Wright - High Visibility (Blaze Orange) uses debris collected from improvised gun ranges on public lands to create photographic installations that explore the intersections of photography, late capitalism, and settler colonialism. Through the use of original images and archival photographs, maps, and diagrams, the work investigates the supporting role photography plays in the reification of nature, a process that codifies the criteria for land use based on sex, race, and class. The work probes the dialectics of America's social and political landscape by employing symbolism that engages with the natural/anthropogenic, visible/invisible, material/bureaucratic, prudent/reckless, sustainable/nihilistic.
Kim - "Wolfcamp Catalogue" focuses on the Permian Basin, the world's most lucrative petroleum producer. Historical photographs, roadside snapshots, visual data used by geoscientists, performative texts, and staged and constructed images mesh overground realities with our underground desires. Winner of Texas Photographic Society's National Photography Award, it was shown as a solo exhibition in conjunction with Houston Fofofest 2022. I will discuss my process and how "Wolfcamp Catalogue" proposes a re-organization of views on the oil economy and life in the Permian Basin.