American Oil Spills Caught for Art Exhibit

Reported by Brandon Markle, '12

"Rupture and Reclamation," an exhibit of photography by John Ganis, runs from October 29 to December 3 in the Munro Gallery of Albion College's Bobbitt Visual Arts Center.

On June 1, 2010, Ganis began photographing the effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon spill on the Gulf shores of Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida. His photographs depict the "eerie quality of emptiness" of the beaches, the impact of the oil washed ashore and the cleanup crews working to reverse the damage.

Then in August and October of 2010, Ganis photographed the effects of the Enbridge oil spill in Emmett Township near Battle Creek.

Ganis describes his work as "a personal response" to both of these environmental disasters. His work is intended be "revealing about both spills and to work as a stimulus for conversation about the "incalculable consequences of corporate greed and negligence."

The Munro Gallery is located on the first floor of the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, which is open from Monday to Thursday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The galleries are not open on Sundays, or during campus breaks or holidays.