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Life Looked Over: A Picture of West Texas History

12 Cents a Day photograph
“12 Cents a Day” by Christi LaViolette
Goliad Media presents the opening of a new photography series by 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence Christi La Violette. “Life Looked Over: A Picture of West Texas History” captures the history, culture, isolation, and freedom of West Texas life. From the artist’s statement:

It was only after physically being in these towns that I learned of the story of Milton Faver, who owned the largest ranch in Texas and employed countless ranch-hands from Mexico, or the struggle of Shafter residents to fight the installation of the Trans-Pecos pipeline, or the immensely expensive TARS program that created a larger than life blimp to keep Mexican immigrants from crossing the Rio Grande into Texas. I wanted to show the people of West Texas, but it felt too intrusive into their way of life. Instead the structures left behind, looked-over, or forgotten seemed to paint the picture of life in West Texas, both from its beginnings in the 19th century to present day. Every image is in some way overlooked but crucial to the past and present of the history of West Texas and its many border towns.

“Life Looked Over” opens Saturday, April 9th from 12:00-4:00 at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, TX. The opening is free to the public and will also feature guest artists Camille Green, Leslie Hartman, and Ashley Young.

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