Columbia River Shadows

The exhibition features a series of large scale photograms focusing on the stretch of the Columbia River from the Hanford Reach to its mouth on the Oregon Coast. The one-of-a-kind camera-less photographs were made by submerging up to 8’-long sheets of photosensitive paper directly in the water at night, exposing them to a flash of light and then developing the silver-gelatin prints in the darkroom. The work is related to the artists’ earlier collaboration, Shadows, which evoked the shadows left by victims who were vaporized by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (Not merely incidental to Columbia River Shadows is the fact that the plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki was developed at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, on the shore of the Columbia River.) Reflecting on interdependence, this project alludes to such interrelated themes as migration, water politics, the Great Pacific garbage patch and the atomic era.