Photographer Chris Jordan’s thought-provoking images of dead baby albatrosses – victims of first-world mass consumption — are on exhibit through Saturday, Oct. 25, at Johnson State College’s Julian Scott Gallery in the Dibden Center for the Arts. A discussion about Jordan’s work — and the implications it has for science and art — will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the gallery.
Based in Seattle, Jordan is an internationally acclaimed artist and cultural activist. His work explores contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives.
Jordan photographed the dead albatrosses on Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2,000 miles from the nearest continent.
“The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean,” he says. “For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth. Like the albatross, we first-world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirits.”
For more information about the exhibit, gallery director Leila Bandar, 802-635-1469 or Leila.Bandar@jsc.edu.
For more information about Jordan, visit http://www.chrisjordan.com/.