Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy

Museum of Contemporary Photography

About The Event

Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy features MoCP commissioned works by artists in response to the environmental and public health impact of petcoke, a dust-like waste product containing carbon, toxic heavy metals, and other dangerous compounds resulting from oil refining processes in the Chicago region and beyond. In addition to photography, the exhibiting artists use multi-channel video installations, sculptural objects and interactive maps to document and inspire action around the often-overlooked relationship between the growing petcoke industry and climate change. 

This exhibition has been made possible in part by the Lannan Foundation with additional support by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and the Comer Family Foundation.

Image credit: Victoria Sambunaris, Grid of 45 photographs consisting of industrial shipping vessels, Houston Ship Channel, Texas (Detail), 2015-2016

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