Thacher Gallery Presents “Elemental Exposures”

The Thacher Gallery at the University of San Francisco (USF) is featuring a new exhibition debuting November 30 titled Elemental Exposures. On view through February 20, 2022, the exhibition features four contemporary landscape photographers using alternative processes to expand the way we see the American landscape. The exhibit is presented by USF’s Master of Arts in Museum Studies Curatorial Practicum class, led by Associate Professor Karen Fraser.

The works on display focus on what perspectives and histories have been erased from the American landscape. Artists featured include Kristiana Chan, Binh Danh, Bessma Khalaf, and Dionne Lee, who help expand the canon of American landscape imagery by bringing diverse technical and conceptual approaches to envision the subject. Techniques utilized include historic photographic processes including daguerreotypes and cyanotypes, as well as contemporary processes such as collage and the burned image.

About the artists

Kristiana Chan is a first-generation Malaysian-Chinese artist who incorporates environmental and elemental properties (such as ocean water) into her processes. Binh Danh’s series of daguerreotypes documents the United States National Park system, inviting viewers to reflect on their relationship to these sites. Dionne Lee works in photography, collage, and video to explore power, survival, and personal history in relation to the American landscape. Bessma Khalaf is an interdisciplinary artist employing processes of degradation, such as burning, into her photography.

The Thacher Gallery will host an online opening celebration – ‘Alternative Ways of Looking’ – with the artists and curatorial team on Wednesday, December 1 from 5:00-6:15 p.m. Additional events will take place throughout the exhibition as well. For event info, visit

About Thacher Gallery

The Thacher Gallery is a public art gallery located in the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library where creativity, scholarship, and community converge. The exhibitions in the 2021-22 season will examine ecology and environmental justice.

The gallery is free and open to the public from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily. Closed for the holidays from December 24 – January 2. USF pandemic protocols are in effect.