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.
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, “there is hope found in the history of building practices and land migration patterns that are responses to environmental change.”
New Orleans is known as the impossible and inevitable city, due to its complex geography that tests the boundaries of human engineering. In her latest project, Virginia Hanusik examines “how a distinct sense of place is perpetuated through the built environment,” in a city whose uniqueness and aesthetic beauty is tied to the uncertainty of rising waters outside of the levee walls.