Steve Rowell

Dead Zones


A film, photographic, essay*, and mapping project about the aquatic dead zone of the Gulf of Mexico and the terrestrial dead zones of government subsidized corporate farming across the colonized and transformed prairies of the primarily white “American heartland” and the devastating impact on communities of color and fragile ecosystems downstream. Techno-geo-archaeological landscapes are revealed from above and below the land of the vast Mississippi River Watershed. In collaboration with Priyanka Basu.

*Published in Decapitated Economies (Fall 2021, K. Verlag)

Made possible with support from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the MacDowell Foundation, and the Art + Technology department at the University of Florida.