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“American Holidays” by Photographer Julia Gillard

New York-based road photographer Julia Gillard has been photographing vacation celebrations throughout America since 2007. Her ongoing collection, “American Holidays,” considers American tradition by what and who we formally rejoice, commemorate and make particular. “Holidays may be joyful days, however are extra usually weighted in irony and privilege, as they selectively acknowledge who and what has worth in our nation,” she explains. She tries to {photograph} cities with a historical past of connection to every vacation, touring as usually as she will.

“I’m motivated by my curiosity within the usually problematic historical past of holidays,” she explains. “I’m drawn to our ceremonies and rituals,  household gatherings, our public shows of patriotism, the meals we eat on these particular days, the garments we put on, who participates and who’s excluded. This venture is a method for me to review, in private and non-private areas, the methods by which we rejoice, but additionally the methods by which we regularly try to justify and white wash our violent historical past by performative gestures and made up traditions. I see these images are an entree into the collective psyche of a rustic that’s emotional, exuberant, brutal and flawed.”

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