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Facing Fire

Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West


California Museum of Photography

February 22, 2020 - August 15, 2021


Fire as omen and elemental force, as metaphor and searing personal experience -- these are the subjects explored by the artists of Facing Fire. California's diverse ecologies are fire-prone, fire-adapted, even fire-dependent. In the past two decades, however, West Coast wildfires have exploded in scale and severity. There is a powerful consensus that we have entered a new era. The artists of Facing Fire bring us incendiary work from active fire lines and psychic burn zones. They face fire, sift its aftermath, and struggle with the implications.


Curator: Douglas McCulloh


Thank you to our sponsors: UCR College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and the City of Riverside.


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Image: Noah Berger, Photographer Justin Sullivan shooting low during the Camp Fire, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.