Disembodied Landscape

Victoria Piersig

Taken aboard the historic tall ship Bark Europa, Piersig’s photos transport the viewer to an earlier era, before cruise liners commercialized the Southern Ocean. Piersig juxtaposes images of a sailor’s connection to the sea with the ethereal and brutal quality of Antarctica. She undermines idealized visions of penguins living in frozen seascapes, choosing to show an unforgiving nature in a land devoid of scale and time—and the human effort required for such a quest.