A Cloud of Dust

(In Progress)

Much like fake news, fake history becomes a truth that functions to influence the thoughts and belief of the present. For the past three years I have been photographing the American West to examine western mythology and the elevation of hyper-masculinity.

The iconic male characters of the west, the cowboy, the gunfighter and the lawman embody a code of bravado and violence and yet still hold a nostalgic and populist place in American memory. Recent manifestations of gender, power, and populism, in the U.S. make this topic even more provocative. The underlying motivation for all of my work is the realization that history and national memory influence the present and shape the public’s response to current issues and events. 

 

Greta Pratt 2015