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Michael Mergen

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

"After History" documents the landscape and historical markers that chronicle and memorialize significant sites of the American South. Through direct, wax rubbings, the large-scale, mixed media photographic prints physically imbue the language onto the prints. This binary layering of past and present considers the history, location, and the contemporary landscape of the American South. In particular, the final days of the US Civil War and the Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights march, events separated by almost exactly 100 years, yet linked through society, politics, and memory.

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