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GLASS BOX is excited to announce the opening of "BOMBAY BEACH" a one week exhibition of photographs, found YouTube videos, artifacts and subject interviews by LA-based photographer Virginia Wilcox.

Virginia writes:

"Bombay Beach documents communities surrounding Southern California’s Salton Sea through photographs that explore human attempts to inhabit an environmentally unsustainable landscape. I photograph people who still live on the sea and the land they inhabit, exploring themes of religion, drug-abuse, escapism, and human perseverance. I am interested in my subject’s resilience. Somehow, amidst this isolated and impoverished region, those living on the sea find beauty, freedom, and happiness in their otherworldly environment. This work incorporates subject interviews, artifacts and YouTube videos to tell the story of the region from multiple viewpoints and mediums."

"The Salton Sea, first formed in 1905 when the Colorado river fled into the Salton sink, was developed into a resort community in the 1950s, attracting beach goers and celebrities. However, soon after tourists arrived, salinity levels increased as the sea level became unpredictable, rising and falling erratically. In the hot summer months the sea's temperature reached a boiling point, creating the perfect breading ground for botulism. Fish died en masse and newly designed towns were flooded. By the mid-1970s, communities were mostly abandoned, and the dream of building a prosperous tourist industry faded, leaving motels, cafes, and vacation homes to sink back into the land."

"Today, the region resembles a post-apocalyptic Hollywood depiction. Towns are populated by families living in mobile homes surrounded by plots of land violently torn apart by looters and covered in graffiti. The sea's beaches are lined with fish carcasses and covered in finely ground fishbone, easily mistaken for sand. Television sets, lawn chairs, and beer cans rust on the shore, visually revealing the region’s history."
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