International Geographic brings together two artists who consider the ways in which nature and its preservation are represented, administered, and fought for.
Sydney-based Raquel Ormella has followed and sympathized with alternative, activist, or political groups. Her most recent project, 130 Davey Street, takes its title from a group of ecological activists based at this address in Hobart, Tasmania. Consisting of 18 drawings on whiteboards, the series traces in layered, multiple representations, the group’s office interiors, maps, schedules, and meeting minutes.
Based in Los Angeles, Kelly Poe has spent the last four years working with ornithologists in bird-tracking stations in the American West, where she has photographed birds caught in the mist nets and traps used to temporarily arrest them. Her images are strikingly beautiful portraits taken at vulnerable moments, as the birds rest or pause in their battle with the nets in which they are hopelessly entangled.