The coast of the United States is undergoing a transformation due to sea level rise and erosion that challenges the patterns of development from the past century.
Nowhere is this change as rapidly apparent as the Gulf Coast, particularly Louisiana where decades of manipulating the Mississippi River, the expansion of the oil and gas industries, and invisible policies such as flood insurance have exacerbated the impacts of climate change. As more land becomes open water, the maps and borders created to designate ownership and identity become blurred.
The exhibition Periphery by photographer Virginia Hanusik explores ways of building in this liminal space of the coastal zone as boundaries are in flux and the limits of infrastructure are challenged. The exhibition is an effort to encourage thinking of South Louisiana—and coastal communities around the country—as an interconnected system rather than as separate and expendable landscapes.
Visits between March 23 and June 3 by appointment. To book a visit, please send an email to email@example.com with your preferred date and time.
Thursday, March 23, 2023, 6–8PM
Opening reception with Virginia Hanusik
Virginia Hanusik, “A Receding Coast,” MAS Context, 2019
Virginia Hanusik, “Liminal Frontier: Climate Adaptation and the American Coast,” MAS Context, 2019
Virginia Hanusik, “Visualizing Disasters and an Ongoing Crisis,” MAS Context, 2020
Iker Gil, Virginia Hanusik, and Mimi Zeiger, “On the Origins of High Water,” MAS Context, 2022