The Production of Destruction

The Production of Destruction

The Production of Destruction was a two-week interactive photo exhibition of 20 photos that aimed to portray the contrast between our modern world’s production and consumption trends and our retreating, yet powerful, natural landscapes. By contrasting Vinzent Wesselmann’s (2018 Arctic alum) photos of the Arctic’s natural landscapes with Jean Castorini’s photos of the bleak, industrial landscape of Southeast Asian cities, project organizers hoped to spark discussions on environmental issues and societal values. These discussions were complimented with guest speakers, film screenings, and school group visits to highlight local actions that can create global change.

About Vinzent Wesselmann

Born into a German family in the U.S., I was raised in Baltimore, Maryland and Birmingham, Alabama with strong influences from both Europe and America. The arts have always been a large part of my life, having attended the public audition-only Alabama School of Fine Arts with a major in music for high school, and I now organize all cultural and artistic events of my campus as the president of the Bureau des Arts at my university. Despite my love for the arts, I got interested in hiking when I moved to Alabama, sparking my interest in the environment and leading me to study international relations to pursue environmental policy. To get a different academic perspective than the American one I had growing up, I decided to enroll in the Sciences Po -Columbia University Dual BA Program for college in which I study political science in France for my first two years before moving to NYC to study my planned major of Sustainable Development at Columbia University. I’m currently in year two at Sciences Po Paris Campus du Havre, the Europe-Asia relations campus of Sciences Po Paris based in Le Havre, Normandy. We are a tightly-knit campus of about 350 students composed of over 35 different nationalities, so many people are interested in learning from each other’s experiences which I think will contribute to the success of our exhibition. Moving to France also strengthened my connection to Europe and EU politics, leading me to get involved as a scholarship recipient of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the scholarship foundation of the Green Party of Germany.

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