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A Feminist View of the Landscape: An Intimate, Political and Emotional Relationship to the Land

Panel with Victoria Mara Heilweil and Alana Rios

Saturday, November 02 - 2:45PM to 3:30PM
de Saisset Museum Auditorium

Co-Moderators: Victoria Mara Heilweil and Alana Rios
Panelists: Barbara Boissevain, Charlotta Hauksdottir and Sant Khalsa

In Deborah's Bright's essay "Of Mother Nature and Marlboro Men," she asks the question - why are there no great female landscape photographers? While this essay dates from the 1980's and there are more women photographing the landscape now, this remains a pressing question.  What is the nature of landscape photography that is rooted in a history of masculinity, domination, economics and propaganda? What has this visual history excluded? How does our perspective on nature change when viewed from a feminist perspective?

Traditional landscape imagery, particularly of the West, presents a mythological and spectacular version of the land as something pristine and wild to be conquered. These romanticized images remain a standard of beauty in landscape photography. The women artists on this panel highlight their intimate and symbiotic relationship with the land. They attempt to revisualize our relationship with the landscape as flawed, political and emotional; no longer external and separate from humanity.


Alana Rios
Alana Rios
Barbara Boissevain
Barbara Boissevain
Charlotta Maria Hauksdottir
Charlotta Maria Hauksdottir
Sant Khalsa
Sant Khalsa
Victoria Mara Heilweil
Victoria Mara Heilweil

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