Solastalgia is a concept created by environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht to define a feeling of unease tied to the upheavals and mutations we are experiencing today. It is the homesickness we may feel when we are still at home, but our familiar surroundings have grown strange to us. Nowadays, this state of loss of bearings seems to become generalized under the pressure of heightened development. In the Anthropocene Era, affected as we are by the rising world population, climate change, and the transformation of our ecosystems, this may be a form of latent distress that haunts us all.
Isabelle Hayeur lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. She obtained an MFA in Visual Arts from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2002. A media arts practitioner, she is active in digital imaging, video, Web art and site-specific installations. Her work is in essence a critical approach to the environment and urban development. Her approach is directly related to the spectacle of urban sprawl, and nurtured by discourses around environmental matters, such as the problems inherent in land use planning.