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Eliot Dudik
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

Personal artistic efforts explore the American South and connections between culture, landscape, memory, and politics. The photographic series, Broken Land, examines the relation between historical and contemporary perspectives on the American Civil War through the screen of cultural memory. An interest in the cyclical nature of history led to an examination of the similarities between culture and politics of mid-19th century America and that of the current milieu. Efforts for Broken Land led to the study: Still Lives, also in-progress, capturing the spirit of those who commemorate the War through continued enactment of deadly assaults during the 150th anniversary. The capacity to control one's demise is a fascinating study in psychology and consciousness. These portraits strive to immortalize performers in fabricated states of tranquility as they hover above the ground they fight for.

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