About the Author

Oliver Klaassen

E-Mail: oliver.klaassen@gcsc.uni-giessen.de

Oliver Klaassen, previously a Fulbright visiting scholar at University of Southern California (USC) and a visiting scholar at State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), is a lecturer at different German universities and a PhD candidate at GCSC at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, where he works on his dissertation project, tentatively entitled Radically Ambiguous Politics of Queer In_Visibilities in Contemporary Art Photography. His broader research interests include history and theory of photography, queer art and media studies, politics of aesthetics, ethics of visuality, and queer ecology.

Contributions by Author: Oliver Klaassen

07/31/2019 _Perspective

A Radical-Ambiguous (Re-)Vision of America’s West

David Benjamin Sherry’s Eco-Queer Critique of America’s Changing National Parks in his Photo Series Climate Vortex Sutra (2014)

How can climate change be understood and imagined in contemporary art photography from a queer point of view? [1] In the following, I want to answer this question by delving into the artistic practice of the American photographer David Benjamin Sherry. Through my eco-queer reading [2] of his series Climate Vortex Sutra (2014), I want to find out to what extent it deals not only with questions of climate change but also with the heteronormative history of American landscape photography. […]