The Oldest Living Things In The World

Rachel Sussman

For the past decade, Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Rachel Sussman has been ​​​ researching, working with scientists, and traveling all over the world to photograph ​ ​continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. Her work spans disciplines, continents, and millennia: it’s part art and part science, has an innate environmentalism, and is underscored by an existential incursion into Deep Time. She’s captured everything from multi-millennial trees to 5,500-year-old moss to half-million-year-old bacteria, traveling from Antarctica to Greenland to the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback. ​Her New York Times bestselling book ​of the same title was​ published in April 2014, with forewords by Hans Ulrich Obrist and scientist Carl Zimmer. Sussman​ is a TED speaker, a Guggenheim, NYFA and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. S​he was awarded the LACMA Lab Art​ + Tech grant to ​produce new work exploring Deep Time and deep space​ with SpaceX and NASA JPL. Her work can be found in university, museum, corporate, and private collections.