"Bears Ears" Valley of the Gods #2
 
"Bears Ears" Valley of the Gods #2

State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection

Photography

Wet plate collodion scan

75 x 60

Not on View

2018

2018.40

Copyright All Years. Utah Division of Arts & Museums. All Rights Reserved.

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The battle for wilderness is often portrayed as a land grab, a fight over barbed wire and resource allocation and actual locations we can see from space. And while a map is helpful when you’re carving things up, it is a little like offering coordinates to your heart—getting there, does not explain what happens there. The photographs from Monument mark the entry into that mystery. In the accompanying film, these stills transform into moving images, into a portrait of our physical experience in nature—a profound and political statement of what’s at stake regardless of which side of the fence one shouts from.