Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.
(sponsoring body)John Deamond
August 10 2013
A Field Guide to the Extinct and Extirpated Birds of North America explores our relationship to extinct and extirpated birds, and through it, the mechanisms through which our understanding of the natural world is built. Although a species may go extinct, it frequently survives in our cultural memory. The demise of a bird whose flocks once darkened the sky for days, or even the fall of a sparrow, leaves an empty space. This body of work investigates that space: the vestiges of once-robust taxa that are now gone. Our relationship to these extinct birds serves as a parable for the Western world’s interaction with nature. Shedding light on this convoluted relationship, however, leads only to further questions.
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