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Aviva Rahmani, "Shaping a Salt Marsh" bioengineering and art, on the former coastal town dump. Photo documentation by aerial photographer Ben Magro, 1997.

Aviva Rahmani

From 1991 to 2000, Aviva Rahmani worked on a major restoration art project called Ghost Nets on a former coastal dump site near the Gulf of Maine. Working with biologists, bioengineers and the local community of Vinalhaven, Rahmani created a replicable model for sustainable restoration, including fresh and salt water marshland systems.

"It took me twenty years to put technological work, environmental art and an interest in the issues that degrade people, such as rape, domestic violence and child abuse together. When I did, I called it "Ghost Nets" because the technology of the fishing industry traps sea life as we trap each other and our environment in the denial of our interdependence. It is important to me to see the loss of salt marsh wetlands anthropomorphically and its subsequent "rescue" as metaphorical but these are not simply poetic allusions. In "Ghost Nets" I set out to make connections between very small, documented decisions and the larger process of moving 16 truckloads of granite debris and collaborating with Bioengineers to make a viable ecosystem."

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