Love Valley, a western North Carolina settlement established in 1954, is examined through an assemblage of contemporary and archival moving images, photographs, texts, and objects. Built upon it’s deceased founder’s boyhood dream of a cowboy haven, current residents must shape and reshape the township to keep their founder’s utopian aspiration alive.
Michaela O’Brien is a documentary artist and multimedia producer currently based in Durham, NC. She holds an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University. Her work includes independent documentaries for broadcast, award-winning audiovisual installations, client-based archival research, and interactive videos for a variety of acclaimed museums. Her moving image and photographic works have been featured in film festivals and galleries worldwide. She is currently teaching in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University.
Opens with 6-9 pm reception on Friday, June 2, on view through Wednesday, June 21