AURORA explores the vernacular landscape of Aurora, Kansas, birthplace of Alain LeTourneau’s paternal grandfather. In this series, LeTourneau uses medium-format photographs, family ephemera, iPhone images, and Van Dyke Brown contact prints to examine intersections of geography and genealogy: the town, laid-out in a grid of eleven blocks, is clearly marked by a more prosperous past. The visible decay of Aurora parallels the corporeal decay of families: time passes, and erodes memory, bodies, and wood, brick, and iron. AURORA observes the flip side of increasing urbanization, the move away from vast landscapes to a densely built environment, in which the idea of “cultivation” is associated more with financial accomplishment and individual refinement than with seeds and earth.

Funded in part by
Regional Arts and Culture Council