“Beds Are Burning”: Terry Braunstein, Victor Raphael, and Cultural Weekly

Sunday, March 7, 2021

The Australian band MIDNIGHT OIL had a great song in 1987, “Beds Are Burning.” I had been working at Radio & Records for two years at that point and was pleased to see it listed on the charts we published. As the industry’s most reliable newspaper (and our chart rankings were not for sale in any way), it felt like a tiny moment in which the cultural work of planetary protest over climate change was part of my day-to-day work, too. One of the artists in Long Beach who has long been concerned with the transmogrification of the planet is Terry Braunstein, whose work I first became familiar with around that time. She recently sent out an announcement about a project that the artists Victor Raphael and she have been working on for the past few years.

The online publication CULTURAL WEEKLY will be featuring their series of photomontages during the next few months, one image each week.
The first work, from our Climate Change series is “House on Fire.” If you would like to see it (and the ones that will follow), the links are below.

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