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IN THE WAKE:

RISING SEAS, VANISHING NATIONS

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PERCEIVING PARADISE

Capturing human-environmental interactions in an area of the world historically sculptured by them, In the Wake is a photography series that follows Justin Falcone’s voyage in the sail path of Gauguin and Cook. Cognizant of anachronistic images that painted Polynesia as Paradise, popularized by Gauguin himself and perpetuated still today on the backs of postcards and magazines, In the Wake frames its focus far off the tourist trail. It is Falcone’s attempt to make Kiribati, a nation projected to lose the totality of its land area to rising seas by 2050, and a locale already omitted from many maps, reappear.

 
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In the Wake posits again the questions that Gauguin named the most fundamental — “Where did we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?”— in the face of a forthcoming wave of environmentally motivated migration.

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