Nick Brandt's "The Day May Break" @ Fahey/Klein Gallery
The Day May Break is an exhibition of new works by Nick Brandt, made in 2020, portraying people and animals that have been impacted by environmental degradation and destruction.
The photographs from The Day May Break were taken at five sanctuaries & conservancies in Kenya and Zimbabwe. The animals featured in this series are almost all long-term rescues, victims of everything from the poaching of their parents to habitat destruction and poisoning. The human subjects have all been badly affected by climate change - some displaced by cyclones that destroyed their homes, others displaced and impoverished by years-long severe droughts. Both subjects share the same space and are shot together in the same frame - at the same time. The images from The Day May Break, as with all of Brandt’s works, are an investigation into and a plea for the conservation of the natural world.
In the works on display both animal and human subjects from Brandt’s exhibition are displaced “veterans of the planet’s unruly rumblings.” Crafted using light and fog, there is a nearly disorienting visual aesthetic. The images portray a quiet, almost enchanted, sense of tragedy and loss. However, in spite of their loss, these people and animals are the survivors. And therein lies possibility and hope.
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