Christine Holtz and Lauren S. Zadikow
that people know and use without considering their proximity to dumpsites could make this issue accessible for viewers. Presenting images with data and titles that reveal the siteâ€™s status as an illegal dumpsite to the viewer could be a potentially shocking revelation to locals who have played soccer at Panther Hollow or families who take their children to the blue slide playground at Frick Park. This kind of reaction might act as a point of entry for viewers, and may encourage people to get involved with groups that are working to combat this ongoing threat to the region. We are not only interested in hearing from viewers, but also from people that are working to fight dumping, as well as people that are dealing with the consequences. Our inclusion in the Three Rivers Art Festival Juried Visual Art Exhibition was the first time that the project was brought to the attention of a larger segment of the local Pittsburgh population. The Juried Visual Art Exhibition is among the most-visited attractions at the Festival, welcoming thousands of visitors over the course of ten days. A write up about our project was also included in the Pittsburgh Post Gazetteâ€™s review an witha story about the of theinterview exhibition. Recently, project was featured on Slate.com, this helped bring the work to the attention of many regional environmental organizations. Thanks a lot for your time and your thoughts: my last question deals with your future plans... what's next for you? Anything coming up for you professionally that you would like readers to be aware of?
Holtz and Zadikow currently have work from the project in GRIT: The Urban Landscape at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA and Looking Out. Sharon Arts Center, New Hampshire Institute of Art. Next year they will present the project at the Society for Photographic Education conference in New Orleans. Christine Holtz and Lauren S. Zadikow have been photographing together since 2001, when we met on a photography workshop in the desert southwest
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