International Photography Display at GCC

Exhibit Captures Local and Australian Landscapes

Batavia, NY-  Expanding the boundaries of education, students in Genesee Community College’s Intermediate Photography Class have collaborated with teachers and students at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia to create an impressive photography exhibit which can be viewed by the public between August 15 – September 22, 2018 in GCC’s Stuart Steiner Theatre.

The exhibit, entitled “Landscape Interaction/ Intervention” is the result of a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) assignment which brings the resources, teachers and students from GCC into a virtual classroom with those at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia. The two institutions use Google Drive, e-mail and social media channels to share lectures and resources and to work collaboratively on progress critiques and assessments. For this assignment, students were challenged with expanding their knowledge of their surrounding landscapes while applying not only trans-national but trans-cultural and trans-photography concepts between the two countries.

In the artists’ statement describing the exhibit, GCC student Kasey Edgerton names the rapid adoption of technology as the primary catalyst to the loss of humanity’s “innate bond to nature” and its “alienation from the natural world.” The complete show statement can be found on the GCC Photo Club Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1059534050893322&id=297711963742205&__tn__=K-R.

GCC invites the community to take advantage of its upcoming Cougar Weekend to visit the exhibit on September 22, 2018 as part of the weekend’s festivities. The theatre lobby will be open from 12 p.m. till 3 p.m. and additional details are available at http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/08/15/cougar-weekend-gcc-kicks-cougar-crawl.

The “Landscape Interaction/ Intervention” exhibit is simultaneously on display at GCC as well as the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. More of the student’s work can be viewed online at https://interaction-intervention.weebly.com/.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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Editor’s Note:

Samples of the images from the “Landscape Interaction/ Intervention” are available at:

Thaw 2018” by artist Lucas Cook, Genesee Community College

Caption:

“It was finally sunny out and I was excited. Taken on the last day of Spring Break, I was fed up with the seemingly continuous cycle of gloomy days and snow showers. So, I made the most of the rare early Spring sunny day. Although, my time on my Spring Break had nearly run dry just like the frozen elements whose current state wouldn’t last much longer. My laid back state at the time wouldn’t last much longer either, as the relaxed days of Spring Break were gone. As I’m writing this, the semester is coming to a chaotic close and after this wave of academically induced stress clears, I’m looking forward to letting this hectic life thaw out and relaxing once again.”

The Irony Toilet” by artist Rohan F. Saric-Skews, RMIT University of Melbourne

Caption:

“Sitting lonely,

Confined by vastness,

Sheltered by hefty resilience,

An Iron toilet lay.

However, 

The irony lay,

In it’s exteriors, 

Ecological dismay.  

Corrugated Iron; a modern day luxury of the developed world, that is derived from elements of the earth. The Irony Toilet intervenes ones view of the landscape as an entirely natural space, preventing our ability to maintain a distanced gaze.​”

Reciprocity” by artist Kasey Edgerton, Genesee Community College

Caption:

“The fields and forests of my home town have given me so much. They have been both

playground and sanctuary, offering me a sense of calm and comfort I have seldom found

elsewhere. So now, ravaged by months of winter and neglect, I seek to give back. May luscious

flowers spring up from these humble handmade seed bombs, ripe with the potential to bring new joy and solace.”

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