Elemental Exposures

Revisions of the American Landscape

Nov. 30, 2021-Feb. 20, 2022

Artists Kristiana Chan, Binh Danh, Bessma Khalaf, and Dionne Lee help expand the canon of American landscape imagery by bringing diverse technical and conceptual approaches to envision the subject. From historic photographic processes such as daguerreotypes and cyanotypes to contemporary processes including collage and the burned image, these artists ask what perspectives and histories have been erased from the American landscape?

Presented by USF’s MA in Museum Studies Curatorial Practicum class led by Professor Karen Fraser.

About the artists

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Kristiana Chan

Kristiana Chan is a first generation Malaysian-Chinese artist who incorporates environmental and elemental properties (such as ocean water) into her processes.

 

 

 

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Binh Danh

Binh Danh’s series of daguerreotypes documents the United States National Park system and invites viewers to reflect on their relationship to these sites.

 

 

 

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Bessma Khalaf

Bessma Khalaf is an interdisciplinary artist employing processes of degradation, such as burning, into her photography.

 

 

 

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Dionne Lee

Dionne Lee works in photography, collage, and video to explore power, survival, and personal history in relation to the American landscape.

  • Kristiana Chan
    Intertidal IV, lumen print positive, 20” x 24”, 2020
    Intertidal III, lumen print positive, 20” x 24”, 2020
    Bodies of Water, seawater developed cyanotypes (49 individual pieces), ~8’x7’, 2019
    Bodies of Water, video, 2019


    Binh Danh
    Yosemite Falls, daguerreotype, 16.5” x 14.75”, 2014
    Sentinel Rock, Yosemite, daguerreotype, 16.5” x 14.75”, 2016
    Tunnel view parking lot, Yosemite CA, daguerreotype, 9” x 11”, 2017
    Canyonland National Park, daguerreotype, 12.75” x 14.5”, 2018
    Canyonland National Park, daguerreotype, 12.75” x 14.5”, 2018
    Petroglyphs on the way to Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, daguerreotype, 12.75” x 14.5”, 2018
    Newspaper Rock, Utah, daguerreotype, 12.75” x 14.5”, 2016
    Yellowstone Fall, Yellowstone National Park, daguerreotype, 12.75” x 14.5”, 2016
    Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, daguerreotype, 12.75” x 14.5”, 2016
    Death Valley National Park (Rock), daguerreotype, 12.75” x 14.5”, 2016


    Bessma Khalaf
    Burnout (Bridal Veil Falls), archival pigment print, 11” x 14”, 2018
    Burnout (Crystal Spring), archival pigment print, 11” x 14”, 2018
    Burnout (Grand Tetons), archival pigment print, 11” x 14”, 2018
    Burnout (Cathedral Rock), archival pigment print, 50” x 33”, 2018
    Burnout (Creek), archival pigment print, 33” x 50”, 2018
    Burnout (Forest Stream), archival pigment print, 50” x 33”, 2018
    Burnout (Hoodoos), archival pigment print, 20” x 26”, 2018
    Standing on a Beach, video, 2 minutes 9 seconds, 2014


    Dionne Lee
    Fleet, gelatin silver prints, 6 prints, 8” x 10” each, 2019
    Netting, collage of gelatin silver prints with graphite, 11” x 14”, 2019
    Warnings (1), collage of gelatin silver prints with graphite, 11” x 14”, 2019
    Warnings (2), collage of gelatin silver prints with graphite, 11” x 14”, 2019
    Drafts, single channel video, 7 minutes 9 seconds, 2016