This exhibition celebrates the release Homeplace (Daylight Books, Fall 2013), by RayKo's very own Sarah Christianson.
"The search for home place is the mythical search for the axis mundi, for something to hang on to," wrote Lucy Lippard in The Lure of the Local. For Sarah, home is a 1200-acre farm in the Red River Valley of North Dakota, where her great-great-grandfather, Hans Olai Cornelius Christianson, immigrated to from Norway in 1869. Her parents are the fourth, and last, consecutive generation to work this land, as Sarah, and her siblings, chose to move away to pursue other careers. Sarah's realization that she was part of a larger rural exodus provided her with the impetus to document their farm at this critical juncture. No longer the steady and constant place of her childhood, she wished to "reconcile its history with its uncertain future, and explore my relationship to this place."
The book interweaves Sarah's photographs of the Christianson farm and the farms of her Norwegian ancestors with old snapshots and historical documents culled from the family archive. Homeplace is a rich, multi-layered narrative about family tradition, agriculture, emigration, and the passage of time. The result is a document that not only tells of hard toil and the declining role of the family farm in our economy, but that celebrates a resilient and fiercely independent tradition.
Please join us for a book signing with Sarah at the opening reception!