Artist Projects

Roads Belong in the Landscape

Christopher Wilcha

Roads Belong in the Landscape is a first-person essay film about natural and industrial history, personal memory and public policy, adolescent perception and adult realization, and the looming obsolescence of both walking and 16mm filmmaking. A native of New Jersey, Wilcha returns to his home state to follow his memories of the local landscape and his new understanding of the area, much of which is designated as a toxic waste site. In Wilcha’s film, observations and images accumulate over time via subtitles, maps, still photographs and other alternative narrative techniques. Extant sound melds with descriptive texts as a way to connect personal history and corporate policy.