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All of us are profoundly affected by the landscapes we inhabit. From the land we derive not only our basic food and shelter, but also a sense of who we are as individuals, communities and nations.

Landscapes reflect a powerful convergence of physical processes and cultural meaning. Works of landscape art, therefore, represent more than a scene or a view of nature - they are often portraits of the social face of our world. Artists are keen observers of the processes of cultural change that become imprinted on the land. The art works in the three sub-sections of The Social Landscape address issues that continue to shape our collective identities. Political/Social looks at conflict and social reform as they are reflected in people’s daily lives. Environmental considers the relationships between humans and their physical landscapes. Cultural Identity addresses the ongoing issues faced by indigenous and immigrant peoples in our countries.

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