No Man’s Land

The earth can act as a catalyst for, archive of, and memorial to human events. Environmental disasters, extractive economics, and forced migrations continually reshape the topographies of land and memory, underscoring the tension between mastery and precarity that unevenly structures human relations with the environment. In this section, four artists mobilize and subvert the genre of landscape to bear witness to moments—real and imagined, personal and collective—in which human relationships to the land have been unsettled and upended. At the same time, these works also testify to the enduring nature of memory embedded in the earth and its potential as a source of resilience. Above all, they beg the question: what happened here?

Artists on Display:

Richard Misrach, H. C. Westermann, Arthur Amiotte, and Yun-Fei Ji.