Triggered by accounts in American history
of its Native people and pioneering settlers
and inspired by a unique cultural phenomenon, photographer Edie Winograde takes an
expansive view of re-enactment dramas throughout the West. A subject matter that is part
theatrical entertainment and part education, the captured or reframed dramas allow for a
reconsideration or a reclaiming of the mythological West. The battleground scenes and the stories
told of the first European settlements are deeply rooted within the history of the territory
that encompassed the expanse of Manifest Destiny.
Very often taking place at the actual sites where the epic incidents unfolded and by using long
distance views and long-exposure techniques, Winograde purposely allows for an overarching
take on the action. Through her contemporary lens and perspective, Winogrades freeze-framed
accounts of the West illuminates what was once accepted as chronicled truth and still maintained
by many. She offers a curious, less absolute view while seeing outside the prescribed area of
play of written historys passionate practitioners. Neither judgmental nor revisionist, Winogrades
uniquely distinctive photographs allow for an open-ended and non-linear, communal interpretation
of a very human endeavor a longing for an ancestral connection as it mirrors life now.