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A Time to Remember, A Time to Forget

Tim Evans | United States

“The pandemic is all the US government’s doing. It’s real, but they killing off people. They think the world would be a better place with less people. I’ve been knowing how they are all my life. That’s why I won’t vote for anybody. Not even [Biden]. So he can get in and do the same thing? I don’t support none of them. Same with Trump. He doesn’t know me, and I don’t know him. Why should I support somebody I don’t know? They don’t even interact with me. TV? That’s nothing. You’re supposed to interact with your community. The people. But you hide off. Why? You’re the president. You want to be the ruling king of the whole world? It ain’t never gonna happen. Now, I voted for Obama, but I shouldn’t have voted for him either. Because they’re all killers and murderers. It’s going on every day. Violence is going on every day. They’re using us to get ahead to the top, and then they’re gonna rule us out and get rid of us. Once they get everything built, once it’s all successful, they don’t need us anymore."

Curtis. Hibbing, MN. September, 2020.

Minnesota has been thrust into international spotlight this year in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the subsequent mass movements for Black lives and police reform, and Minnesota's status as a key swing state in the general election. Yet, most news coverage centers on events within the Twin Cities metro, largely overlooking the lives of the roughly 1.5 million outstate people who reside in largely rural communities.

In many such places, a kind of decay is visible. Some communities are suffering new pains from the recession; others have long since seen their main streets abandoned. There are also jarring differences in values within these communities. One communality, however, is people's impression that they've been abandoned by the political class, as well as a visceral sense of economic precarity and fears of coming political violence.

By melding portraits, quotes, and photographs detailing the physical backdrop against which people live, *A Time to Remember, A Time to Forget* documents life in these regions in the lead-up to the 2020 general election--a time of deepening poverty, prejudice, and polarization.



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