Webinar: Aerial Photographer David Maisel Views the Age of Humans
This Zoom webinar with photographer and visual artist David Maisel aired September 29, 2021, as part of a series of conversations with artists featured in the exhibit, Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans. Watch a recording in the player above.
In this video, American photographer and visual artist David Maisel, whose large-format aerial photographs highlight industrial scars on natural landscapes, discusses the politics and aesthetics of radically human-altered environments with co-curator of the Unsettled Nature exhibition, Joanna Marsh.
Maisel has spent decades making aerial images of environmentally damaged sites, throughout the United States and most recently in Chile’s ecologically sensitive Atacama Desert. He and Marsh consider how we can expand our notions of landscape by including damaged sites like open-pit mines, areas of clearcut deforestation, and massive water reclamation zones.
Host: Amanda Sciandra, a public programs coordinator at the National Museum of Natural History.
Unsettled Nature: Artist Event Series
What is "natural" in a world where the human imprint is everywhere? In the exhibition Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans formerly at the National Museum of Natural History, contemporary artists challenged viewers to think about the changes we make to our planet. We hosted a series of conversations with them on the power of art to illuminate our relationship with the natural world. September 2021 – March 2022