Tatiana Chumakova

In Mounds, Chumakova explores man’s manipulation of land. The photographs depict piles of topsoil, gathered at building sites of suburban developments. For centuries, soil has been dearly valued as a means for growing food among rural societies. Here, at these building sites, topsoil is considered a burden. The mounds look like sculptures within a landscape. They provide an opportunity for aesthetic exploration, while asking the viewer to consider the value of topsoil.