A Prairie, Not A Promise
Multiple road trips to county fairs, family gatherings and holidays culminate to reveal the tension of living in the middle. A Prairie, Not a Promise documents the lingering effects of the pastoral dream and industrial boom in the Midwest. This year long journey traces the edge of the Heartland myth juxtaposing the idealized promise land against the reality that, for many, it never existed.
Alanna Styer (b.1993) is an interdisciplinary documentary artist and activist, who engages with omitted histories and cultural change. Her work focuses on the understandings of community, storytelling, and trauma, as they relate to land and place. She earned her BFA in Photography from Watkins College of Art, Design and Film. She has shown in solo and group exhibitions across the United States