Counterpoint to the romanticizing images of the Northern New Mexican landscape, Associate Professor of Art at SMU Debora Hunter addresses consumer culture within the context of endangered natural resources. Hunter has photographed the cultural landscape of Taos, New Mexico, for the past 10 years. Through careful recording of domestic and commercial architecture within the majestic sweep of sky and land, she reframes the question of man versus nature. This inquiry is ever more urgent as consumer culture bumps hard against diminishing natural resources. Edited from the large archive of photographs, this selection includes images of abandoned gas stations, drought-blighted gardens, self-storage rental units, ramshackle manufactured modular homes, landfilled garbage dumps, foreclosed faux adobe luxury houses and litter-spewed mesas. Hunter’s Consuming (Interests) addresses our drive to consume amid an ever less bountiful landscape.
Sponsored by the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies.