The Landscapes of Where
Today, the natural has been menaced or re-formatted by a new triad of forces: media, militarisation, and surveillance. While the media turns nature into the readymades of exclusive holidays, postcard memories and Facebook shareware, militarisation subjugates nature with barbed-wire fencing, checkpoints, land mines and watchtowers. Surveillance, which marks the intersection of media and militarisation, also reduces the natural to a landscape of potential threats, footage to be scoured for signs of unrest and insurgency, whether that landscape is the hinterland or the metropolitan street.
Indeed, the landscape is no longer clearly designated by regional characteristics or specificities of cultural practice. It is a conceptual terrain, inscribed and re-inscribed by narratives that reshape it to their own purposes. The landscape, which was once the paradigm of location and belonging, is today a guarantee of uncertainty, disturbance, and disorientation. Thus, I arrive at my formulation of 'The Landscapes of Where?'
Through this exhibition, I propose to bring together five artists whose concerns with landscape map onto the conceptual concerns that I have sketched out here