Wall Text

In the works presented here, from the Glass-scapes series, Vergara employs a complex process to photograph museum dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, among other institutions, which she then digitally manipulates. Vergara explores artificiality: nature transformed into diorama and offered, behind glass, for intellectual delectation. She also plays on the ide of photography as a tool of manifest destiny, ideologically implicated in domination and control of nature. Is this “world tour” comprised of real views, or constructed ones? The presentation of the Glass-scapes as an old-fashioned slide show further reminds us of this antiquated manner of seeing the world.