" . . . for the American photographer Jennifer Colten, landscape is defined as the periphery of nature and culture. In her recent photography exhibition Wasteland Ecology, she attempts to simultaneously embody the ‘banal’ and the ‘wild’ nature. She considers her fascination with the ‘banal’ as being a direct influence of her photography teacher Joe Deal, who was specialized in depicting how landscape was transformed by people. In Colten’s landscape photographs, nature is not presented as to be ‘saved’ by humans in the era of environmental intimidations. Instead, it is represented as a ‘resilient object’, which can always make a comeback. As Colten says, her fascination with the idea of ‘resilient nature’ is closely related to her understanding of the notion of ‘entropy’ in Robert Smithson’s land art projects. Therefore, her photographs are not intended to show an ordered nature afflicted by the culture, instead they try to point out how nature, has the potency to rectify the damages that have been exposed to it. " review written by Seyed Abolfazl Shobeiri to read the full review click here The review was published in the journal Depth of Field, ScherpteDiepte
other interesting articles and texts generated from the exhibition and symposium can be seen here
Aside from the fact that Joe Deal was not my teacher, but my friend and a real influence on my photographic work, the review is really great, and sums up much of the intellectual spirit of the symposium.
Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig, Germany, October 2015
© Jennifer Colten AB.0919 2015
©Jennifer Colten Field Note # 9771 2015