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"Janet Biggs: A Step On the Sun” - Exhibition

Wednesday

Sep 13, 2017 – 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

(daily until Dec 22, 2017)

735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577 Map

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Video artist Janet Biggs is drawn to extreme environments, exploring such remote locations as the Taklamakan Desert in China, the Afar Triangle of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti in Africa, and the Arctic. In her five-channel video installation, A Step On the Sun, Biggs documents sulfur workers as they extract minerals from inside Indonesia's Ijen volcano, located in the East Java province of Indonesia. Biggs’s imagery confronts us with a provocative mix of natural beauty and exploitative labor. Her video centers on a crater situated almost two miles above sea level, which houses the world’s largest sulfuric lake. We watch as a miner collects hardened sulfur crystals and packs them into a basket. Amid clouds of toxic sulfur dioxide gas, he carries heavy loads up a steep, rocky path from the crater floor to the rim, then to a distant weigh-station. Throughout her work Biggs assumes the role of a wanderer in search of unexplored territory.

Janet Biggs: A Step On the Sun is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, and curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator. Generous support for this project is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and by the Purchase College Foundation. The museum is open Wednesday - Sunday from 12pm-5pm.

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