Shifting Ground Exhibition

Come see Harvard scholars and artists grapple with the transformations wrought by history.

In this exhibition, co-curated by Eve Blau and Alexandra Vacroux to mark the Davis Center's 75th anniversary, Harvard scholars and artists — including Davis Center students past and present — grapple with the transformations wrought by history in six thought-provoking projects:

  • Journalist-turned-anthropologist Alisa Sopova and photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind capture life within five kilometers of the frontline in eastern Ukraine.
  • Alex Fisher, a recent graduate of the Graduate School of Design (GSD), follows the tortuous path of 6 million Soviet-made anti-personnel mines inherited by Ukraine.
  • GSD PhD student Morgan Forde tells of four intrepid American women lured to the Soviet Union as tourists in the 1930s by a glitzy magazine, specially aimed at Westerners.
  • Architect and historian Igor Ekštajn considers a hydropower project on the mighty Danube as both bridge and boundary between competing versions of socialism. 
  • In a second exhibit, with his collaborator Michael Keller, Ekštajn explores the changing face of Lower Lusatia, one of Europe’s most profoundly transformed postindustrial regions.
  • And current Davis Center student Dasha Bough brings all these stories together in a stunning map collage greeting visitors as they enter.

On display until Feb. 25, 2024. CGIS South, Concourse Level, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA.

Correction: An earlier version of this post mistakenly listed Michael Keller as a collaborator on Igor Ekštajn's Danube exhibit, instead of the Lower Lusatia exhibit.