I came to Wilson to find objects that represent American identity, items that embody a proud nation and personify the relatively short history of the country, one that, apart from international warfare, unfolded predominantly on home soil, even more so in the American South. These spaces and artefacts resemble the heritage of a rural North Carolina town. Here, and in the United States at large, the past is part of the present, and it reveals itself through once desirable objects and possessions that remain on the surface and are part of the contemporary landscape. Aesthetically we are unable to define whether these everyday objects and locations are part of the South, they can after all be considered truly and proudly American, picturing prosperity and progress in a place where these two conditions aren’t as apparent as they were in the past, meanwhile proving that to understand each other, one must dig deeper than a surface that promises equality. Yet the fact is that they are still out there, and even symbolize the possibility of a brighter future, the proof that what has been can become reality again, a truth where history becomes the future.

Images from my residency at Eyes on Main Street in Wilson, North Carolina. These will be exhibited during Eyes on Main Street Photography Festival and Pingyao International Photo Festival.