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Antioch College to host photographer Anne Noble

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Antioch College will host New Zealand photographer, educator and researcher Anne Noble during the week of April 14.  Noble is currently working at Columbia College in Chicago as a Fulbright Scholar on a series of projects that explore the symbiotic relationship between people and bees.  She will give a free, public presentation on Wednesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in McGregor Hall, room 113 on the Antioch College campus. She will present “From Antarctica to the Honey Bee:  In Search of An Ecological Sublime.”

In her presentation, Noble will show photographic work made in Antarctica, discuss the development of an environmentalist art practice that is underpinned by an ethic of attention to the natural world, and talk about her recent collaborations with scientists to create images and installations that incorporate the perspectives of both art and science within their aesthetic framework.

During her time at Antioch, Noble will meet with area beekeepers and bee inspectors.  Regarding her concern with the relationship between humans and bees, Noble writes, “While represented historically as a symbol of immortality and regeneration and used as a metaphor to model an idea of the perfect human community, the honey bee is urgently in need of new images and metaphors that provide an imaginative frame through which to engage audiences in considering the fragility of the world’s natural biological systems and our part in their rapid transformation.”

Anne Noble is distinguished professor of Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington.  She is one of New Zealand’s leading photographers, producing comprehensive series of work, spanning landscape, documentary and installation incorporating still and moving image.  Since 2001 she has been researching and photographing Antarctica, an extension of her interests in how photography shapes our understanding of the places we know and inhabit.  She has made three visits to Antarctica the most recent in 2008 as a U.S. National Science Foundation Polar Arts Fellow. 

In 2011 and 2014 Clouds Publishing published Ice Blink, and The Last Road the first two volumes of a trilogy devoted to her photographic investigations of Antarctica. In 2009 she received a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate award in recognition of her contribution to the visual arts in New Zealand.  She is in the United States this year as a Fulbright Senior Scholar based at Colombia College as their 2014 International Artist in Residence.  While in the U.S. she is developing a new series of projects related to the decline of the honey bee.

For more information, contact Dennie Eagleson, creative director of the Herndon Gallery, at deagleson@antiochcollege.org or call 937-768-6462.


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