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Share the Mic: The Art of Trash with Benjamin Von Wong

April 22, 2021 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM

In honor of Earth Day, the Fowler is proud to co-present a special program with Rogue Agency that celebrates the work of photographer, installation artist, and environmental activist Benjamin Von Wong. Benjamin’s images, which regularly go “viral,” combine everyday recycled objects with shocking statistics, generating over 100 million views and inspiring action on such urgent concerns as ocean plastics, electronic waste, and fashion pollution. Join the Fowler and Maddy Pryor, Founder and CEO of Rogue Agency, for a conversation with Benjamin about intersections of sustainability and art, how crises can catalyze growth, and how one can measure the impact of art and activism. 

Benjamin Von Wong’s work lies at the intersection of fantasy and photography. He is a well-known environmental activist, keynote speaker, and host of the Impact Everywhere podcast, in which he interviews a wide range of guests, from NASA scientists to local artists and entrepreneurs. His photography has attracted the attention of corporations like Starbucks, Dell, and Nike. Most recently, he was named one of Adweek‘s 11 Branded Content Masterminds. He is a creative advisor for the Ocean Plastic Leadership Network and the Sustainable Ocean Alliance.

Rogue Agency is a creative agency dedicated to amplifying the voices of purpose-driven brands and organizations through compelling digital campaigns and authentic brand storytelling. They represent clients who are committed to innovation, representation, sustainability, equity, and general goodness. Rogue is committed to nurturing a diverse stable of intersectional artists and activists who stand for something and create for change, pairing those creators with the brands and organizations they serve.

Share the Mic
The Fowler believes in the civic duty of museums to give forum to different points of view. This series shares our platform with thought leaders—artists, activists, and allies—who are guiding us along the arc of justice.

Image credit: “There are more pieces of microplastic in the ocean than stars in the milky way” – Benjamin Von Wong. #Plastikophobia, 2019.

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