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SINK / RISE: A Conversation with Photographer Nick Brandt

SINK / RISE: A Conversation with Photographer Nick Brandt In-Person

Join photographer Nick Brandt and local gallery owner L'Anne Gilman as they discuss Brandt's latest photographic series SINK / RISE.

SINK / RISE is the third chapter of The Day May Break, Brandt’s ongoing global series portraying those impacted by environmental destruction and climate change. This chapter focuses on South Pacific Islanders impacted by rising oceans from climate change. Photographed in-camera underwater in the ocean off the coast of the Fijian islands, the local people in these images are representatives of the many people whose homes, land and livelihoods will be lost in the coming decades as the water rises.

"Although they are several meters below the surface, the subjects of Nick Brandt’s mesmerizing photographs do not float or swim. Incredibly, they sit on sofas, stand on chairs, use seesaws, and pose in ways they might on land. The effect is otherworldly, as though the familiar laws of physics have stalled in this strange, liminal zone between land and sea. Sit with these photographs and the others in the series, and the subject’s expressions will change like water. Stoicism becomes resignation. Frustration becomes resolve. In their pensive faces, we can read tenderness, grief, and perseverance,"  writes Zoe Lescaze, in the foreword to SINK / RISE.

Presented in partnership with Gilman Contemporary. Reception to follow at the gallery, where the exhibition of SINK / RISE photographs will be on display.

This program will be livestreamed and available to view later. Link forthcoming.

Thursday, July 11, 2024
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada (change)
John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall
The Community Library
  Lectures & Conversations  

Registration is required. There are 81 seats available.

The photographic work of Nick Brandt (b. UK, 1964) initially focused on the rapidly disappearing natural world, due to environmental destruction, climate change and humans' actions. In 2021, Brandt began an ongoing global series, The Day Must Break, an ongoing global series portraying people and animals that have been impacted by environmental destruction and climate change. Chapter One was photographed in Kenya and Zimbabwe, Chapter Two in Bolivia. In 2023, Brandt released Chapter Three, photographed in Fiji.
Photographic Historian Philip Prodger summed these up thus: "A landmark body of work by one of photography’s great environmental champions... Brandt portrays people and animals together, causing us to reflect on the real-life consequences of climate change. Channeling his outrage into quiet determination, the result is a portrait of us all, at a critical moment in the Anthropocene.”

Image: Serafina at Table, courtesy of Nick Brandt.

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