My multimedia installation Gettysburg was shown in the group exhibition “Ruburbs and Other Spaces in Between” at The Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA) in Athens, GA. The installation functioned as a kiosk for contemporary Gettysburg, while subverting the grand historical narrative and heroic landscape visions commonly associated with the site, offering new interpretive possibilities. Elements included a wall map with images of alternative monument designations, mock tourist video, Civil War artifacts and a postcard rack containing my Historical Amnesia line of cards. For more about this project, please refer to my artist statement.
For Review of Ruburbs And Other Spaces In Between: The Athens Banner-Herald. Quote from the review:
In the installation “Gettysburg,” Bryan Hiott, an artist from New York City, has created a portable tourist kiosk of the town, but rather than featuring historic landmarks, the images in his photographs, video and “Historical Amnesia” line of original postcards are of street curbs, a FedEx drop-off box, balding patches of grass and pale expanses of dirt and concrete.His work shows the collision of past and present: in one of his videos, re-enactors fire their muskets in Civil War dress as traffic whizzes by the large hotel in the background.