Cara Despain is an artist working in film and video, sculpture, photography and installation about land use, the desert, climate change, land ownership and the problematics of the American west. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah (1983) and currently lives in Miami, Florida and works between the two, which affords her unique opportunities to illustrate and unearth relationships between environmental issues, such as resource extraction and sea level rise, and draw connections between two seemingly disparate locales. She holds a BFA from the University of Utah (2006).
In 2012, she was selected for the Salt Lake City Mayor's Award in the visual arts, and in 2016 she was selected for the South Florida Consortium Fellowship. Her work is included in Rubell Family Collection, as well as the State of Utah and Salt Lake County art collections. Recent exhibitions include it doesn’t look like paradise anymore at Southern Oregon University; FREE!. at Brickell City Center, Miami; Cryin’ Out Loud at the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, Fringe Projects, Miami, Slow Burn at Spinello Projects, Miami; and No Man's Land at Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
In 2014 she was the Art Director for the feature length film The Strongest Man that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2015), as well as A Name Without a Place which premiered at the Miami International Film Festival (2019). A short documentary about her and her work aired on Art Loft, WPBT and PBS and screened at the Miami International Film Festival (2016). She was also recently selected for a 2018 Ellie's Award through the Art Center South Florida to produce her first feature film and video installation hybrid Earthbound Objects.
It Doesn't Look Like Paradise Anymore
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