Breaking Ground: An Immersive Meditation on the Oilfields of North Dakota
Valery Lyman Debuts New Documentary Work at the Museum
April 12, 2017
The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum welcomes documentary artist Valery Lyman for the debut of her new work Breaking Ground: An Immersive Meditation on the Oilfields of North Dakota.
Lensed through the rise of the oil industry in North Dakota, Breaking Ground is a one-night immersive meditation on the tale of dreams sought and abandoned that wends its way through the American psyche and the physical landscape of the country itself.
Having published photo essays about North Dakota in The Guardian, LA Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, Lyman is sharing her work with the public for the first time as a photo-phono installation at the Waterworks Museum.
The visual and audio collage planned for the Waterworks Museum will provide a unique, historical backdrop for exploring the new boomtowns of the west. Lyman’s images will be projected on the towering 19th century engines of the Museum, accompanied by the sounds and voices of the North Dakota communities embedded in an unforgiving, industrial landscape.
Timed to coincide with the United Nations' celebration of World Water Day on March 22, the Waterworks invites you to reflect on our most precious natural resource: water. The artists brought together for this show take a deep look at the intrinsic beauty of water, and consider the impacts of climate change and global warming that threaten the drinking water of so many across the globe.