I've got 3 of my Civil War reenactor lomography photos at this exhibit at Archetype Gallery in Atlanta's Studioplex on Feb. 26th and 27th. Reenactors travel around, and it is surprising to have some of them come to East Tn to act in an event, and when they start talking I realize they have no clue that this entire upper eastern part of the state supported the Union during that war. History is always complex.
The image in the poster is a detail from a photograph by Anderson Scott.
Video of the exhibit, by Chris Hutchinson:
(My work is the B&W photography triptych)
This exhibition investigates the fascination in the reenactments of the Civil War and the linear historical context of the Antebellum South. Pageantry and romance surrounds the concepts of Secession, Slavery and the Confederacy. It is in this Romance where the Civil War is unique, whereas Germany banned symbols of the Third Reich- symbols of the Confederacy are flown with Pride & Prejudice.Where does this pride originate from, when the linear history of the War is clear, the South lost? Why are their monuments commemorating these concepts as heroic? These sentiments can be traced back to the lack of the transference of control- as what occurs at the end of War. President Lincoln did not treat the Southern Generals and leaders as traitors and treasonous- allowing most to keep there Pride & Prejudice intact. Chris Hutchinson