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O Say Can You See

Virginia Hines | United States

Daggett, California

O Say Can You See is an ongoing project that explores the some of the current mindset and social tensions in the USA through manifestations of such national symbols as the American flag and other patriotic motifs. In the past, these symbols served to unite the nation; more recently, they have become emblematic of our divisions. I have followed this topic since 2018, in various regions of the country. My goal is to continue building on it by charting changes, over time and in additional geographies, in the contexts in which these emotionally powerful symbols are displayed. Through rigorous visual interrogation I hope to learn more about underlying reasons for deep cultural divisions that have opened in 21stcentury America, and thereby to help find ways to start a healing process.


IG: @vhines_photos

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