Dornith Doherty Photographs
September 12, 2020–January 10, 2021
Where will our food come from in the future?
This poignant photographic series by Dornith Doherty considers the philosophical and ecological issues surrounding the role of science and human action in relation to gene banking. Catalyzed by the completion in 2008 of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway, Doherty has traveled the world documenting seed banks and preservation efforts in the face of climate change and decreased agricultural diversity.
A multi-layered project, the imagery ranges in style, from documentary to lyric compositions, with X-ray photographs, composite images and lenticular panels, all of which breathe life into seemingly static objects. Works from this series are included in the recently published A World History of Photography (5th edition), by Naomi Rosenblum.
Dornith Doherty is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas. She received a B.A. cum laude from Rice University and a M.F.A. in Photography from Yale University. A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, the United States Department of the Interior and the Houston Center for Photography. Doherty’s work is exhibited widely and included in numerous collections worldwide.
Doherty’s photographic projects are rooted in the landscape tradition and analyze humanity’s complex relationship to nature with an interest in stewardship.
All photographs in this exhibition are courtesy of the artist, Moody Gallery, Houston; and Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, Texas.
This exhibition was originally slated to be part of the 2020 FotoFocus Biennial. In lieu of presenting the fifth FotoFocus Biennial, light&, FotoFocus has pledged its 2020 Biennial budget to financially support the region’s art community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Image Credit: Dornith Doherty, Seedling Cabinet I, 2019, digital UV cured ink lenticular. Courtesy of the artist.