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Sarah Kanouse

University of Iowa
Associate Professor
Iowa City, Iowa
I am an interdisciplinary artist and writer examining the politics of landscape and public space. My research-based creative projects trace the production of landscape through ecological, historical, and legal forces, with particular interest given to the environmental and cultural effects of military activities. My award-winning, feature-length film, "Around Crab Orchard," addressed how the politics of conservation and environmental justice are imbricated with military and penal economies deeply in an American wildlife refuge. I am also one half of the National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation service, a ‘wishful’ government agency addressing the cultural and ecological impacts of nuclear militarism, and a core member of Compass, an art collaborative currently staging a series of performative hearings into the intergenerational and inter-species impacts of industrial agriculture on regional and global systems.

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