Hutterite colonies are a photographic Eden. Their colorful anachronistic clothing, the muted earthly tones of the prairie, and the immense skies become visually rich metaphors for the contrast of their centuries-old communal lives of faith with the increasingly vast, inescapable, individuating technological forces of the 21st Century—forces that are tugging us all, ready or not, into the future.
This exhibition is the story of Jill Brody’s engagement, over the past four years, with the Hutterites of Liberty County—from her first encounter at Eagle Creek, until this past February when the residents of Riverview let her know that despite their uncertainty about what she was doing, they trust her intentions, even though this work will end up on the Internet—a media they distrust.
In addition to being a contemporary view of a clearly anachronistic culture, the images and their accompanying “texts” offer an opportunity for a relational conversation about the direction and values of our wider American culture.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Photographing the Hutterites of Liberty County by Jill Brody travels to:
Montana Norht Dakota Heritage Center // November - December 2013
Carbon County Arts // November 2014
Yellowstone Art Museum // 2015