Photographs by Oscar Palacio.
California Institute of Integral St, 2013. 80 pp., 34 color illustrations, 9x12".
Signed copies available!
Mount Rushmore. Gettysburg. Manzanar. Plymouth Rock. In Palacio's
American Places these sites, so closely linked to the collective and
complex legacy we inherit as Americans, are paired with monumental images
of what seems familiar and even invisible. Yet the unremarkable
ordinariness of the field of tall grass is transformed when you become
aware that these are the grasses now covering a site, once a home, in New
Orleans' Ninth Ward, severely impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Originally
from Colombia, Palacio brings an outsider's perspective to his keenly
observed America, and we discover a landscape both expansive and
contained, delimited and unbounded.