VENT is a photographic response to another long, hot summer. A reaction to the heat and pressure felt on a personal, political, and planetary level. The stereoscopic images in VENT reflect both the beauty and ominous future of the planet in an age when our knowledge of climate change poses serious questions about our future. VENT explores how artists incorporate issues of concern into their work, and illustrates the artist’s personal transition from the power of advocacy to change the way we think, to the potential of art to change the way we feel.
Bahouth advocated for environmental issues for 30 years as Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, the Ted Turner Family Foundation, and the US Climate Action Network, before becoming a full-time photographer. His primary medium is stereoscopic/3D photography, a process developed in the 1830s. Bahouth designs his own viewers - often incorporating sculpture, sound, or signage - as an invitation to look. Peering into the viewer removes all other external visual information. This focus through the display onto an image where depth and space are intensified creates a more personal experience with the viewer. There is a sense of being projected into the image, and into another place and time.