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2014 Kermit Olson Awards Ceremony & Lecture

Forsgren Image 3The 2014 Kermit Olson Awards Ceremony and Lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 9 at 3:30pm in 335 Borlaug on the U of M's St. Paul campus. A reception will follow in 310 Alderman Hall. This year's lecture will feature Washington D.C. based photographer Todd Forsgren. For more information about this lecture, please contact Samantha Grover at

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Title: "Post-Industrial Edens: Photographing Gardens and Globalization"
Todd Forsgren

For the past ten years, Todd Forsgren has photographed a variety of gardening traditions around the globe. This has included documentation of community gardens in the United States, Cuba's organopónicos, and allotment gardens in Europe as well as subsistence farming in Mongolia. In these spaces, Forsgren has explored a broad range of climates and gardening cultures with his camera. Forsgren portrays horticulture at an intimate scale and in somewhat unlikely spaces: the gardens are often in the margins of human settlement, little patches of earth normally separated from the surrounding landscape, and the observer, by a fence for privacy and protection. But through extensive documentation of diverse gardening contexts, the images create a tapestry of these intimate plots of land as the relate to the broader landscape. The images presented are records of how these gardens relate to the world beyond the garden’s fence and photograph’s frame. The spaces depict a world where the natural and the civilized are not thought of as mutually exclusive dichotomies, but as ideas and places that can sustainably coexist.

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