Frontcountry, 2006 – 2013

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© Lucas Foglia / Michael Hoppen Contemporary, London

Between 2006 and 2013, Lucas Foglia travelled through Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming, some of the most sparsely populated regions of the US. “Frontcountry”, published by Nazraeli Press, begins with images of cowboys and gradually shows the encroachment of the mining companies: gold, oil, natural gas, copper, coal. In the American West, ranching and mining have two parallel histories. Cowboys and ranching culture are the identity, printed on license plates and tourist souvenirs. But if Nevada, for instance, was a country, it would be the fourth largest gold producer in the world. Companies are digging bigger holes to find smaller things, leaving pits where there were mountains. “Frontcountry” is a portrait of the people who live in the contemporary, rural American West, and the ways they share and depend on a landscape that still feels wild. (LF)


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Lucas Foglia (1983, United States) lives and works in San Francisco. He graduated with a MFA in Photography from Yale University and with a BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University. His photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and in Europe, and are in the permanent collections of several museums. He published two monographs : "A Natural Order" and "Frontcountry".