Artist Dornith Doherty, will present a gallery talk in conjunction with her exhibition VAULT at the UNT on the Square Gallery in Denton, Texas on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 from 7pm until 8p.m. UNT Photography professor Paho Mann will moderate this free program.
In her most recent body of work, Doherty explores the role of seed banks and their preservation efforts in the face of climate change, the extinction of natural species and decreased agricultural diversity. Doherty photographed at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, and also used on-site x-ray equipment at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colorado, and at the Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Wakehurst Place in Sussex, England to photograph seeds and cloned plants from those facilities’ extensive storage vaults.
The work in the exhibition include the seed and plant x-rays as well as documentary photographs of the spaces and technology of the seed banks. Made with the support of an inaugural University of North Texas Institute of the Advancement for the Arts Fellowship, this work questions the complex philosophical, anthropological, and ecological issues surrounding the role of science, technology, and human agency in the context of seed banks.
Doherty is professor of photography in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas, Denton. Her photographs have been featured in more than 100 national and international exhibitions and are included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, among others. She is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the United States Department of the Interior.
The gallery talk is free and open to the public.
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