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Requiem: The Remains of the Day, August 4, 2021

Requiem: The Remains of the Day, August 4, 2021

Exhibition: April 5 – June 3, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday April 15, 12pm-2pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

In this exhibition, photographer Ruth Morgan presents a selection of evocative photographs that document the devastation of Greenville, CA after it was burnt down by the Dixie Wildfire in 2021. This selection of photographs open up a conversation about the consequential effects and impacts of man-made climate change in our local communities. 

On August 4, 2021 at approximately 7:30 PM the Dixie Fire had already ravaged the ancient Sierra forest landscape and would soon crest the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and roar through the small town of Greenville, CA. In less than 45 minutes it destroyed wooden buildings that had stood for over a century. A gas station, church, hotel, a museum and bar were among the structures gutted, along with nearly 100 family homes, schools and commercial businesses. The homes and property of approximately 1000 residents were reduced to rubble, fortunately all the residents were evacuated. 

Officially caused by a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. equipment failure, the fire was fueled and exacerbated by man-made climate change along with overgrown forests caused by decades of fire suppression and population growth at the edges of forests that would intensify the flames to cause the near obliteration of the town.

The exhibition and portfolios are a requiem to Greenville and a warning for us all to meet the challenge of climate change and ensuing global warming.


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