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Artists in Conversation: Nick Pedersen

Dec 9, 2021 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Installation photograph, Nick Pedersen: Slow Apocalypse, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Oct 29, 2021—Jan 8, 2022, photo © UMOCA

Learn more about Pedersen’s exhibition Slow Apocalypse, currently on display in the museum’s Exit Gallery through January, 8, 2022. In Slow Apocalypse, Pedersen uses an intricate combination of photography, digital collage, and printmaking to explore environmental issues of the Anthropocene, an age of human impact on the natural world. With carbon emissions reaching levels not seen in 15 million years, the earth is currently on course towards a tipping point where modern civilization could become unsustainable. From climate change and more extreme weather events to loss of habitat, biodiversity, and species extinctions, our planet is quickly approaching a strange and unpredictable future. Pedersen’s work visually depicts this modern conflict between the natural world and the man made world, creating elaborate, photorealistic images that reveal a satirically dystopian vision of the not-too-distant future. He portrays this as an epic struggle and in his work these forces clash in theatrical, post-apocalyptic battlegrounds.