On the Rise

By  |  January 29, 2019
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Artist: Virginia Hanusik 

Project:  A Receding Coast: The Architecture and Infrastructure of South Louisiana

Description: Taken in moments of tranquil cohabitation rather than scenes of flooding and disaster, Virginia Hanusik’s photographs interrogate the commonplace existence of communities touched by South Louisiana’s struggle with sea-level rise. “Despite the uncertainty that rising seas and coastal erosion bring to the region,” Hanusik writes, “hope persists in the history of building practices and land migration patterns in response to environmental change.” Fittingly, the austere, straightforward architectural portraits in her project transcend the cliché of environmental ruins, where homes and churches stand stoically on their stilts, their porches and doors hovering inches above water. Aside from emphasizing the growing threat of climate change, Hanusik’s work strives to observe the ingenious responses to its symptoms, accumulating a bank of the “physical artifacts produced by [South Louisiana’s] shifting landscape.”


Hanusik’s project is supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.


Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Virginia Hanusik is an artist whose work focuses on the effects of climate change through physical and social analyses of landscapes. Her current project, A Receding Coast, chronicles the region’s history of architectural adaptation and has been exhibited internationally. Virginia’s photographs and writing have been featured in Domus, The Atlantic, and Places Journal. She lives in New York where she is a member of the Climate Working Group at NYU.

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