Friday, October 7 | 6:30–8 pm | FREE
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Also available via livestream
Diné artist Will Wilson will discuss his ongoing photographic survey of the people, land, and remediation efforts connected to over 500 abandoned uranium mines that are contaminating the Navajo Nation, where Wilson grew up and where his family lives today. Historically, Euro-American landscape photography has represented the American West as vast, uninhabited, and full of resources for capital gain, but Wilson’s photography counters that problematic myth and, in his words, empowers “Diné people to re-story their narrative.”
See his work on view now in Air. In addition to his photographs, Wilson has installed his AIR Lab, a post-apocalyptic take on the sacred Diné dwelling, the hogan. Wilson has collaborated with University of Utah’s Red Butte Gardens to turn his steel hogan into a greenhouse for growing the Four Corners potato and plant species that remove heavy metals and toxins from the soil.
Will Wilson, Diné, born 1969, lives Santa Fe, NM, Mexican Hat Disposal Cell, Triptych, Halchita, Utah, Navajo Nation, 2019, archival pigment prints, purchased with funds from The Phyllis Cannon Wattis Endowment Fund, UMFA2022.8.3A-C
AIR Lab Partner: Red Butte Garden at the University of Utah generously provided the plants and the expertise necessary to realize this iteration of Will Wilson’s AIR Lab.