Lucas Foglia will exhibit his first solo exhibition at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University starting on March 31 and ending May 27. The exhibition titled Lucas Foglia: A Natural Order features documentary photographs of small, rural communities in the southeastern United States.
Perhaps from a downturn in the U.S. economy, there has been renewed interest in self sustainability. Workshops, camps, and communities are popping up promising to teach participants how to reunite with the Earth and our hunter/gatherer instincts. Desiring to leave modern conveniences behind and to be a part of a small community, many people are attending.
After graduating from Brown University in 2005, Foglia spent the next few years documenting some of these participants in Virgina, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia. He visited the "rewilding" community of Wildroots Earthskill Homestead in western North Carolina where the participants learn to free themselves from "human domestication" and return to a more natural human state. Participants learn primitive skills such as shelter building, timber framing, hide tanning, wild food foraging, and herbal medicine. He also visited the Christian based community of Russell Creek Community in Tennessee where members simply desire a return to more simplistic and humble lives.
In addition to this collection of work, Foglia will also exhibit photographs from his latest series in progress titled Front Country. Front Country explores mining towns, ranching operations, and farming communities in western United States. The title refers to the uneasy crossover from cities to the rural land. His images explore the struggle of families trying to make a living in the face of industries that strip the land of natural resources, such as coal, natural gas, oil, and gold.
The exhibition coincides with several lectures and talks at Brown University. Poet and Brown professor Forest Gander will read from Foglia's interviews for A Natural Order on Thursday April 5 in the List Art Center Auditorium. On Monday April 9, Will Allen will discuss the "Good Food Revolution" and on Friday April 13, nationally recognized storyteller Doug Elliott will present "Rewilding, Weeds, and Wildwoods Wisdom: Living off the Land in a Changing World." Elliot, who introduced Foglia to some of his subjects, will recount some of the stories of the people in Foglia's photographs. Learn more through Brown University's press release.
Continuing its long-standing relationship with the David Winton Bell Gallery, Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition brochure, invitation, installation graphics, exterior sign, and banner for the exhibition.