Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape
Based in New York, Victoria Sambunaris structures her life around a photographic journey traversing the American landscape for several months per year. Equipped with a 5x7 inch field camera, film, a video camera, and research material, she crosses the country alone tenting on top of her car. Her large-scale photographs document the continuing transformation of the American landscape with specific attention given to expanding political, technological, and industrial interventions.
Sambunaris received her M.F.A. from Yale University in 1999. Her work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Julius Shulman Excellence in Photography Award, the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer's Fellowship, and the Anonymous Was a Woman Award. In 2011 a twelve-year survey of her work was exhibited at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, and traveled throughout the US. Her work is held in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. In 2019, Sambunaris was commissioned by the Dia Art Foundation to photograph Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty for the 50th anniversary and Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt. Radius Books published her first monograph Taxonomy of a Landscape. She is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in NY.