Our concept of the fallen American soldier is trapped in a stylized image derived from history books and war movies. Our ability to separate the individual man from the myth he represents is challenging. The Fallen investigates the problematic relationship between the mythic and the sensory, questioning the abstract image of the American war hero we carry. The men in my photographs are not dead nor are they soldiers, many never have been. They are Living History educators; men who dress up and die for their country every weekend, safely living out the mythic image of the American hero of war. The reenactor is the ultimate mythic hero, an imagined hero taken from the historical documents of our past (real and false) and crafted into an idealized image of masculine form.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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