Work in Progress

 

In Defiance (photographic series, 2017-2018)

Throughout the United States, there are seven towns and cities named Defiance and, up to this point, we have traveled to two of them - Defiance, Pennsylvania and Ohio. We have been photographing the everyday, the banal, the architecture and design, and the idiosyncrasies that might define each space. This project is a conceptual work that looks to language and the construction of place through itís naming. In this case, how might a deeply charged word, such as defiance, where its meaning is tied to rebellion, contempt, opposition, and provocation have an effect? Can this specific meaning play out in the social landscape and the everyday of each town? We will continue our investigation by visiting the other sites including travel to New Mexico, Arkansas, and Missouri among other locations throughout the southern and midwest states of the U.S.