Marie-José Jongerius

In my landscape pictures I look for bounderies, limits and edges between nature and the manmade world. Where are the interfaces between the organic and the artificial world, and do they fail or succeed. I want to tell stories about mankind not by making pictures of them, but by making pictures of the traces they leave behind in the land.

The photographic essay, “Edges of the Experiment,” explores the liminal relationship between natural and man-made environments. Taken at various locations across the American Southwest over several years, these images attempt to locate interfaces between organic and artificial worlds as tangible borders that question sustainability on both sides of the line.

Marie-José Jongerius observes geography with an attentive eye for those remarkable details that make up our daily lives, and asks the viewer to consider where we live and how we relate to our respective environments.

Grantee Information

Year(s) Awarded: 2012