Traces examines themes of permanence, extinction, colonization, and time through landscape, abstract still life, catalog photography, and immersive soundscapes. The work, photographed within a single, walkable locale in the desert of northern New Mexico, inverts the dominant, anthropocentric view of land, embracing the imagined perspective of the land itself from the point of view of a seemingly dormant arroyo, isolated mesa, or idle stone.
This landscape has been bent and shaped by the powerful forces of wind and water and marked by the evidence of animals and plant habitation, including the remnants of past and ongoing human activity. Together these traces represent the memory of the land and speak from the land’s perspective.
Traces invites viewers to reevaluate their human point of view, encouraging a conversation within and with others that questions our dominance over the natural world through considering the experience and memory of the land itself.
Bio: Benjamin Hoste (b. 1983) is an artist based in Arizona. He was born in New Jersey, raised in California, studied mathematics in college, and holds a masters in journalism from the University of Missouri. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.