Sublime Toxics with Christopher Wright

September 22, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (AEST)
Online (via Zoom)
Event series: Earth Laws Month 2023

Join us for a fascinating discussion about the role of the arts in enabling us to see humanity's impacts on the living world, with “The Toxic Sublime: A Photographic Exploration of Degraded Landscapes”.

In his presentation, Chris will outline a current photographic project entitled “Toxic Sublime” which explores the paradoxical beauty and mystery that is aroused in humanity’s destruction of the natural world. Using aerial images of coal waste sites, the project reveals the deceptively beautiful but destructive vistas of the Anthropocene which serve as stark reminders of the impact of industrial civilization on the planet.


Christopher Wright is a Professor of Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School and key researcher at the Sydney Environment Institute. His research focuses on corporate and political responses to climate change. In addition to his academic research, he is also a well-established landscape photographer with a strong interest in the natural environment and the sustainability of ecosystems and planetary health.


Dr Michelle Maloney is the Co-founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance and holds undergraduate degrees in politics and law (ANU) and a PhD in environmental law and regulation from the Griffith Law Futures Centre. Michelle’s books, journal publications, interviews, podcasts and speaking events can be accessed on her profile page: