With the Drifters Project, Pam Longobardi collects, documents, and transforms oceanic plastic into installations and photography. The work provides a visual statement about the engine of global consumption and the vast amounts of plastic objects and their impact on the world’s most remote places and its creatures. Longobardi’s work is framed within a conversation about globalism and conservation.
“In 2006, after discovering the mountainous piles of plastic debris the ocean was depositing on the remote shores of Hawaii, I began collecting and utilizing this plastic as my primary material in my project called Drifters. Since then, I have made scores of interventions, cleaning beaches and making collections from all over the world, removing thousands of pounds of material from the natural environment and re-situating it within the cultural context for examination. These collection missions are often done solo, as part of my process. I approach the sites as a forensic scientist, examining and documenting the deposition as it lay, collecting and identifying the evidence of the crime."—Pam Longobardi
Longobardi will attend the exhibition’s opening and be available to sign her book, Drifters: Plastics, Pollution and Personhood. Books will be available at Momentum Gallery for the duration of her exhibition.
24 N Lexington Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
October 28—December 29, 2018