Barnard, in association with Foto | Black Box is pleased to present LINE – a photographic installation of works by South African photographer and filmmaker Garth Meyer.
For several years Meyer photographed primary hardwood forests along the imaginary line of the equator to communicate, persuade and warn of the continued ecological destruction that is occurring along this line. His aim was to capture arcadian visions of these environments before they are destroyed and to show how this arcadian vision is disrupted by a more dystopian one. The images from this project were photographed in three areas that circle the equator: Southeast Asia, Africa and South America, where over half of the world’s rainforests are concentrated, and which he visited to follow the line. LINE is an attempt to understand the current pressures on the equatorial environment and create a photographic exploration of ecology that highlights and foregrounds land, space, territories, boundaries and power. Meyer’s field of study and research considers ecology through the theory and lens of photography.