/ ter•ra in•cog•ni•ta /

/ ter•ra in•cog•ni•ta /

Acting as natural boundaries, the brackish bayous of Louisiana are a physical reminder of the barrier between the actual and the ideal.  The bifurcation of the land echoing the bifurcation of groups. In this ongoing series of the bayous that are on the edges of communal spaces, and suburbia in Southeast Louisiana, I am negotiating the symbiotic relationship and role that land has in the formation of collective memory and social construction of political power, race, class, and gender, here in the south.  Photographed with Polaroid film, I deconstruct and remove the Polaroid from its borders, placing the lifted emulsion on paper. The resulting image creates a feeling of ambiguity echoing the fluidity of identity in these landscapes. Shifting the focus from being an actual record of the landscape, into an image that reconstructs the landscape into a place that can simultaneously be produced and appropriated, experienced, and sensed, acknowledged and imagined. Reflecting the evidence of human interactions on the periphery, each image is titled by an activity that was occurring on the outside of the frame when I took the image. Allowing for the viewer to have new way to occupy the land and as a means of rethinking the social constructs bound to these territories. 

EDDIE LANIERI

photography