NANCY NEWBERRY — SMOKE BOMBS AND BORDER CROSSINGS
Photographed in Texas and Mexico, these Character Studies are from Smoke Bombs and Border Crossings, a contemporary Spaghetti Western, investigating notions of nationalism and community. I have been interested in the American archetype, the Wild West and how its self-image is interpreted in the US and in other cultures; and I am curious in what it could say about the current state of the American myth. Here, Mexican Charros and American Cowboys meet at the Texas-Mexico Border. A territory of blended nationalities, legendary historical battles, contested land, and a very famous wall. This is the true Wild West.
PRINT INFORMATION: Archival Pigment Prints | 2016–2018 | 15”x23” | Edition: 7+2AP.
My work explores the interplay between individuality and social affiliation, merging documentary portrayals with dreamlike creations. Integrating my ongoing fascination with regalia, my interest is not simply documentation. Subjects wear costumes and uniforms as part of a group or a team, and reflect on the roll fantasy plays in historical identity. I am interested in the idea of myths and how they inform cultures throughout the world, and continue my exploration of self-representation and cultural identity at large. is not only about being part of a group or a team but the part fantasy has in historic identity formation.
Nancy Newberry's work explores the interplay between individuality and social affiliation. She has received many honors and awards. Most recently she received The Griffin Museum of Photography, Richards’ Family Trust Award; Grand Prix Finalist at the 32nd International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, France; Descubrimientos (Top Discovery) PhotoEspaña Prize in Madrid; Kolga Photo Award in Tbilisi, Georgia; PhotoVisa Award in Krasnodar, Russia; FotoFest Discoveries of the Meeting Place in Houston; and The Taylor Wessing Portrait Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
For additional information about Nancy Newberryt: www.nancynewberry.com