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Author/Book Signing Jason Gray: Mound City Chronicle

October 14, 2023 @ 2:00 pm

Mound City Chronicle is more than a series of images of St. Louis. It is testament to a path made through the city at this moment; a path meant to investigate my place and my impact here, and the history of those things (like the Mississippi River, cultural forces claim, carve away and redefine). The photographs tell the story of a journey that includes lost-and-found subterranean lakes and caves, sites removed from public view (due to security, secrecy or both), neighborhoods with buildings crumbling in ruin or of stately grace, and the people encountered, vibrant and varied. I am very much in the photographs too. Mound City Chronicle is post documentary work, perpetuated by my own decision making of where to point and when to click—a journey with no clear destination and many side roads. It is not a usual telling. This is important. For just as the indigenous mounds of “Mound City” are all but gone, so will be many of the places and people photographed. Like a dream, only their impressions will remain.

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