Quicker Than Coal Ash

Will Warasila

Rubenstein Arts Center

The people of Walnut Cove, North Carolina, live in the shadow of Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station, where toxic coal ash is kept in a massive unlined storage pond, and toxins are pumped into the air, water, and soil. I spent the last year and a half getting to know the residents, the landscape, the structures of energy and power.


Will Warasila is a Durham, North Carolina based photographer. After receiving a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, Will Warasila is now pursuing an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. Increasingly, he has found his subjects outside of the urban landscape. His work has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vice, Atmos, and others

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In keeping with Duke University’s COVID-19 plan which includes instituting a series of social distancing practices to protect the health and continuity of the community, the public events, performances, and screenings for the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Spring Thesis Exhibition have been postponed to the Fall 2020 semester. Updated information and schedule details will be posted here, and additionally at mfaeda.duke.edu and across MFA|EDA, Duke Arts, and exhibition venue social media platforms.