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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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The Invasive Species of the Built Environment

Leah Schretenthaler Imagemaker Presentation

Saturday, November 02 - 2:15PM to 2:30PM
de Saisset Museum Auditorium

The land of Hawaii is luxurious and idyllic but past the wanderlust images the land is very controversial. The industrial growth happening in Hawaii goes beyond simply manipulating the landscape; it destroys the historical and spiritual places that have existed there for millions of years. These photographs focus on the spaces where these infrastructures impede on the natural environment. Using silver gelatin prints which consist of selected, man made spaces are removed to create a burnt and sometimes empty area. The use of a laser cutter to cut the structure from the landscape leaves a scar upon the image. The removed spaces aid in seeing what Hawaii would be like without these impositions. No longer should humanity build for the sake of building; but should instead question the social and political concerns that exist in the natural world. 

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Leah Schretenthaler
Leah Schretenthaler

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