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Donna Cooper Hurt
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

“Communions" speaks to the intersection of memory, history, place and the body. The photographs in this series reflect a collaboration between my body and a place in nature. I believe our bodies have a wild intelligence and contain memories much like the landscape.
My engagement with the landscape is a lengthy process and starts by acknoweldging earlier people that lived on and worked the land. The American Indians, the enslaved Africans, and the European colonizers all have left traces that inform my decisions of what is crafted out of the natural resources in the space, and how I choreograph my performance for the camera. Researching the local flora and fauna of each place also informs the resulting visual narrative. The new narrative is firmly rooted in the present, but also reflects the past. As William Faulkner said “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

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