Women In Photography - Lay of the Land : Dafna Talmor, Kapwani Kiwanga, Tamara Dean, Meghann Riepenhoff, Brooke Holm, Virginia Woods-Jack, Odette England, Katie Breckon, Siobhan McDonald, Katrin Koenning, Peta Clancy and Rhiannon Adam.
Wormwood in Spring, 2017 is part of Tamara Deans In our Nature series which was a site-responsive project set in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and shot during different seasons.
For this series Dean symbolically linked the seasonal changes with the lives of the people in the photographs, staging interactions between the models and the plants at particular points in their lives and life cycles. More than 35 people, between the ages of two and eighty years young, modelled for this series as well as dancers from the Australian Dance Theatre.
Dean says: ‘Fundamental to our existence is the truth that as living beings we exist within a fragile ecosystem. Yet this ecosystem, our Earth, is increasingly unbalanced as the intricate but often inimical relationship we have with nature has led to a world in which human beings have become the most destructive life forms on the planet...In Our Nature is a symbolic reminder that we are neither separate nor superior to nature. Instead, it acknowledges, we are a part of nature, and that to wreak destruction upon nature is to ultimately wreak destruction upon ourselves.’
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