PPEH announces 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Amy Balkin
February 13, 2020
The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is proud to announce our 2020 Artist in Residence: Amy Balkin. Based in San Francisco, Amy Balkin’s solo and collaborative work explores and re-imagines humans’ relationships to the natural world and how planetary resources have been used and valued. Often explicitly critical of the economic and political forces that frame these resources, she thinks beyond borders and nation-states to radically recast contemporary regimes of allocation and ownership. Projects such as A People’s Archive of Sinking and Melting (Balkin et al.) engage with or document individuals and communities struggling for social and environmental justice. Whether by creating a participatory archive of objects from places that will disappear from global warming; by offering an environmental justice audio tour along a highway in Invisible-5; or by creating a “clean air park,” Public Smog, with purchased emission credits; the work is threaded with questions of power: who is entitled to nominate and enforce protections for the more than human world and who benefits.