Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series: Erika Larsen
Photojournalist Erika Larsen embeds herself in communities that maintain a close relationship with nature and traditional culture to gain an intimate and visceral knowledge of their way of life. This ranges from a four-year project with the Sámi people—a hunter-gatherer society that moves with the reindeer in the Scandinavian Arctic—to an exploration of the significance of the horse in contemporary Native American culture. Her latest body of work, exhibited in the museum, examines how people in societies from the Amazon to the Arctic use ritual practices to respond to the early and strong impact of climate change and its effect on their environment.
A National Geographic Society Fellow and Explorer, she has been a photographer and videographer for the magazine since 2011 and leads students and adults in workshops and on expeditions. Her monograph, Sámi, Walking With Reindeer, was released in 2013. Her work has been shown in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Ajtte, the Swedish Mountain and Sámi Museum; and the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria in Italy, among other venues.
Erika Larsen: Ritual for a Changing Planet will be on view at the Art Museum January 25 – May 10, 2020.
image: Erika Larsen, photo credit: Morgan Levy