Ratna Khanna


Landscape should be an instrument of cultural force. This work contemplates the relationship between the artificial and the natural. It resulted from thinking about matters concerning my interactions with public space; the combination of nature and the culture we inflict upon it. By including "nature" here, I use it to denote an outside environment that includes biological activity that is untamed, yet still capable of being influenced by human agency. This human agency takes the form of culture, that which appropriates nature towards our social needs. Hence, this agency benefits the formation of landscapes. A cultural artifact such as an outdoor sign (and its position both as signifier and signified) interacts with public space. Through this fabricated object's deliberate placement within the contextual landscape, it's mirrored gaze only subjects what it partially reflects.

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Photography, Artistic--Technique; Photography, Artistic--Themes, motives; Billboards--Pictorial works; Landscapes in art

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School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


Kelly, Angela


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