The myth of the American dream has always had a strong impact on people's ideas about life outside of America. Symbolically, it is inextricably linked with the images of the cowboys in the vast expanses of the Midwest. Economically, it is based largely on ecological and social equanimity and glorifies the right of the strongest.
Scenes from agriculture and mining characterize the “Frontcountry” photo series, created from 2006 to 2013. The American photographer Lucas Foglia (born 1983) meets people, gets to know them and accompanies their search for the ideal life model with pointed and sometimes bizarre images. In a virtuoso manner, he stages cinematoscopic panoramas in a breathtakingly gigantic, primeval American setting, which let the great dream of self-forged happiness, life in harmony with nature and the work of your own hands shine once again in its old splendour. On the other hand, he presents images that bring the transience of these forms of life to the surface. Against the apparent idyll of civilization refugees and farm workers, the artist assembles the story of a dying American myth ’: The wild west of the cowboys gives way to a deserted, overexploited industrial landscape.
Foglia's photographs show the juxtaposition of dream and nightmare, the old myth full of pathos and poetry and at the same time its violent destruction. Lucas Foglia ties himself into the great traditions of photography - the powerful staging of the American landscape, as used by Ansel Adams, the feeling for the special moment of the event, as defined by the French Henri Cartier-Bresson and reproduced by Garry Winogrand, the clear analysis The camera looks at social events such as Walker Evans shaped him and Joel Sternfeld continues. The complete “Frontcountry” series is exhibited in Europe for the first time. It is Lucas Foglia's first major solo exhibition in Germany.
Lucas Foglia (born 1983) grew up on a family farm in New York and is currently based in San Francisco. He graduated with a MFA in Photography from Yale University and with a BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University. His photographs are in the permanent collections of museums including the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
LUCAS FOGLIA Frontcountry
Edited by Annegret Laabs and Uwe Gellner
Texts germ./engl.: Uwe Gellner
Translation: Steven Lindberg
Booklet, 20 Seiten, zahlr. farb. Abb. von Lucas Foglia