Fence, Gettysburg National Military Park, PA, 2009  © 2019 Oscar Palacio   About the Project   “With the series American History Re-visited, Palacio continues his interest in quizzical human constructions seemingly plopped atop “natural” patches of American landscape. In these images his focus shifts from the humble and everyday to a more formal, public arena. In his new photographs of historic sites and monuments, Palacio moves beyond the subject of staking out individual turf to address the more complex matter of the fostering and maintaining of a national identity. While photographing such iconic places as Plymouth Rock, Hoover Dam, and, most recently, Gettysburg National Military Park and Underground Railroad sites, Palacio considers the function of these revered memorials: What narratives do they posit and perpetuate? Who or what is celebrated or excluded at such sites? In pondering these questions—particularly the last—Palacio is struck by the parallels between these commemorative markers and photography itself. Neither a single monument (no matter how monumental) nor an individual photograph (no matter how graphic) can possibly convey an entire story. Both require the viewer to negotiate between what he or she knows and what viewpoint of the story is being represented—and privileged.”   -Allison Kemmerer, Mead Curator of Photography and Curator of Contemporary Art, Addison Gallery of American Art
       
     
 Cannon, Gettysburg National Military Park, PA, 2009
       
     
 Concrete Stump, Gettysburg National Military Park, PA, 2009
       
     
 Tubman Gravestone, Auburn, NY, 2008
       
     
 Confederate Memorial, Gettysburg National Military Park, PA, 2009
       
     
 Federick Douglass House Site, Rochester, NY, 2008
       
     
 Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, MA 2007
       
     
 Obelisk, Plymouth, MA 2007
       
     
 Salem Witch Memorial, Salem, MA, 2007
       
     
 Memorial, Wounded Knee, SD, 2009
       
     
 Promenade, Mount Rushmore, SD, 2009
       
     
 Memorial, Wounded Knee, SD, 2009
       
     
 Entrance, Manzanar, CA, 2008
       
     
 Cemetery Entrance, Manzanar, CA, 2008
       
     
 Cemetery, Manzanar, CA, 2008
       
     
 Observation Tower, Manzanar, CA, 2008
       
     
 Hoover Dam, NV, 2006
       
     
 Tension Structure, Hoover Dam, NV, 2006
       
     
 Reinforcing Bars, Hoover Dam, NV, 2006
       
     
 Parking Lot, Hoover Dam, NV, 2006
       
     
 Sidewalk, Ninth Ward, NOLA, 2010
       
     
 Erie Canal, Syracuse, NY, 2008
       
     
 Fence, Gettysburg National Military Park, PA, 2009  © 2019 Oscar Palacio   About the Project   “With the series American History Re-visited, Palacio continues his interest in quizzical human constructions seemingly plopped atop “natural” patches of American landscape. In these images his focus shifts from the humble and everyday to a more formal, public arena. In his new photographs of historic sites and monuments, Palacio moves beyond the subject of staking out individual turf to address the more complex matter of the fostering and maintaining of a national identity. While photographing such iconic places as Plymouth Rock, Hoover Dam, and, most recently, Gettysburg National Military Park and Underground Railroad sites, Palacio considers the function of these revered memorials: What narratives do they posit and perpetuate? Who or what is celebrated or excluded at such sites? In pondering these questions—particularly the last—Palacio is struck by the parallels between these commemorative markers and photography itself. Neither a single monument (no matter how monumental) nor an individual photograph (no matter how graphic) can possibly convey an entire story. Both require the viewer to negotiate between what he or she knows and what viewpoint of the story is being represented—and privileged.”   -Allison Kemmerer, Mead Curator of Photography and Curator of Contemporary Art, Addison Gallery of American Art
       
     

Fence, Gettysburg National Military Park, PA, 2009

© 2019 Oscar Palacio

About the Project

“With the series American History Re-visited, Palacio continues his interest in quizzical human constructions seemingly plopped atop “natural” patches of American landscape. In these images his focus shifts from the humble and everyday to a more formal, public arena. In his new photographs of historic sites and monuments, Palacio moves beyond the subject of staking out individual turf to address the more complex matter of the fostering and maintaining of a national identity. While photographing such iconic places as Plymouth Rock, Hoover Dam, and, most recently, Gettysburg National Military Park and Underground Railroad sites, Palacio considers the function of these revered memorials: What narratives do they posit and perpetuate? Who or what is celebrated or excluded at such sites? In pondering these questions—particularly the last—Palacio is struck by the parallels between these commemorative markers and photography itself. Neither a single monument (no matter how monumental) nor an individual photograph (no matter how graphic) can possibly convey an entire story. Both require the viewer to negotiate between what he or she knows and what viewpoint of the story is being represented—and privileged.”


-Allison Kemmerer, Mead Curator of Photography and Curator of Contemporary Art, Addison Gallery of American Art

 Cannon, Gettysburg National Military Park, PA, 2009
       
     

Cannon, Gettysburg National Military Park, PA, 2009

 Concrete Stump, Gettysburg National Military Park, PA, 2009
       
     

Concrete Stump, Gettysburg National Military Park, PA, 2009

 Tubman Gravestone, Auburn, NY, 2008
       
     

Tubman Gravestone, Auburn, NY, 2008

 Confederate Memorial, Gettysburg National Military Park, PA, 2009
       
     

Confederate Memorial, Gettysburg National Military Park, PA, 2009

 Federick Douglass House Site, Rochester, NY, 2008
       
     

Federick Douglass House Site, Rochester, NY, 2008

 Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, MA 2007
       
     

Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, MA 2007

 Obelisk, Plymouth, MA 2007
       
     

Obelisk, Plymouth, MA 2007

 Salem Witch Memorial, Salem, MA, 2007
       
     

Salem Witch Memorial, Salem, MA, 2007

 Memorial, Wounded Knee, SD, 2009
       
     

Memorial, Wounded Knee, SD, 2009

 Promenade, Mount Rushmore, SD, 2009
       
     

Promenade, Mount Rushmore, SD, 2009

 Memorial, Wounded Knee, SD, 2009
       
     

Memorial, Wounded Knee, SD, 2009

 Entrance, Manzanar, CA, 2008
       
     

Entrance, Manzanar, CA, 2008

 Cemetery Entrance, Manzanar, CA, 2008
       
     

Cemetery Entrance, Manzanar, CA, 2008

 Cemetery, Manzanar, CA, 2008
       
     

Cemetery, Manzanar, CA, 2008

 Observation Tower, Manzanar, CA, 2008
       
     

Observation Tower, Manzanar, CA, 2008

 Hoover Dam, NV, 2006
       
     

Hoover Dam, NV, 2006

 Tension Structure, Hoover Dam, NV, 2006
       
     

Tension Structure, Hoover Dam, NV, 2006

 Reinforcing Bars, Hoover Dam, NV, 2006
       
     

Reinforcing Bars, Hoover Dam, NV, 2006

 Parking Lot, Hoover Dam, NV, 2006
       
     

Parking Lot, Hoover Dam, NV, 2006

 Sidewalk, Ninth Ward, NOLA, 2010
       
     

Sidewalk, Ninth Ward, NOLA, 2010

 Erie Canal, Syracuse, NY, 2008
       
     

Erie Canal, Syracuse, NY, 2008