In the Valley | The Direction Albert Patterson Was Facing, 2013 | 17"x24" | Archival Pigment Print
Adam Forrester is an artist and filmmaker currently based in Louisiana, where he teaches at Louisiana Tech University. He received his MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the UGA, and was awarded the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Research and Performance Grant for his documentary film, Eat White Dirt. His work has been screened and exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the AIVA International Video Art Festival, in Finspång, Sweden. Additionally NPR, The Bitter Southerner, and VICE Magazine have featured his work. Adam makes work about bizarre myths, abiding folktales, and mumbled truths.
The images from In the Valley are made within close proximity to the Chattahoochee Valley region bordering the southeastern states of Alabama and Georgia. Many of the images are prompted by specific memories I have from growing up in and around the Chattahoochee River. This series brings together my own personal histories, the chronicles of this region, and the rapidly evolving landscape that may one day conceal its own past. These photographs also make use of titles that reference the previous occurrences. For instance, the night Albert Patterson was found shot in a Phenix City, AL alley, he was facing the wall pictured. More often, the events allude to a specific reminiscence from my childhood. The images that have emerged by photographing this valley depict a constantly shifting environment that is imbued with tragic histories and beguiling myths.