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Wed, Jun 26


Ocean Springs

In Conversation with: Virginia Hanusik

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In Conversation with: Virginia Hanusik
In Conversation with: Virginia Hanusik

Time & Location

Jun 26, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Ocean Springs, 510 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS 39564, USA

About The Event

Join The Book Porter at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art for a discussion with Virginia Hanusik author of Into the Quiet and the Light: Water, Life, and Loss in South Louisiana.

Into the Quiet and the Light: Water, Life, and Land Loss in South Louisiana glimpses the vulnerabilities and possibilities of living on the water during an ongoing climate catastrophe and the fallout of the fossil fuel industry—past, present, and future. The book sustains our physical, mental, and emotional connections to these landscapes through a collection of my photographs. Framing the architecture and infrastructure of South Louisiana with both distance and intimacy, introspection and expansiveness, this work engages new memories, microhistories, anecdotes, and insights from scholars, artists, activists, and practitioners working in the region. Unfolding alongside and in dialogue with my photographs, these reflections soberly and hopefully populate images of South Louisiana’s built and natural environments, opening up multiple pathways that defy singularity and complicate the disaster-oriented imagery often associated with the region and its people. In staging these meditations on water, life, and land loss, this book invites readers to join both the author and the contributors in reading multiplicity into South Louisiana’s water-ruled landscapes. With texts from Richie Blink, Imani Jacqueline Brown, Jessica Dandridge, Rebecca Elliott, Michael Esealuka, T. Mayheart Dardar, Billy Fleming, Andy Horowitz, Arthur Johnson, Louis Michot, Nini Nguyen, Kate Orff, Jessi Parfait, Amy Stelly, Jonathan Tate, Aaron Turner, and John Verdin.

About the Author:

Virginia Hanusik is an artist whose work explores the relationships between landscape, culture, and the built environment. Her projects have been exhibited internationally and supported by the Graham Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Pulitzer Center, and the Mellon Foundation, among others. She writes about landscape representation, extraction, and the visual narratives of climate change, and has been featured in the New Yorker, the Oxford American, the British Journal of Photography, and National Geographic. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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