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23 Sep 2008
Icons of my Tribe - A Year at the Mall
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Icons of my Tribe - A Year at the Mall
Posted by: Richard Varnes

“Icons of My Tribe: a Year at the Mall” is a portfolio of images that offers a troubling but (I hope) compassionate look at how we have come to celebrate our seasons and sacred occasions in that most modern house of worship – the urban shopping mall. These images are about how sacred truths have become fearful or perhaps merely alien to us until we can experience them through a mediating layer of commerce. The redeeming light of a baby’s cry in mid -winter, the grace of being truly loved, a sacrifice upon the arrival of spring, abundance on the eve of withering cold and death -- these are some of the the difficult truths that my tribe now trembles to look upon directly. Instead we journey to a space big enough to hold us all and all our dreams, a grand place greater than our small lives and we there seek wholeness and forgiveness. We go to atone for the inadequacy of possession that we believe has caused our fear and uncertainty -- and there we behold and worship the gods of our own craft . We go in the hope that the burnt offering of our wealth will buy us just one eternal, fulfilled, moment of peace. These photographs are icons from our pilgrimage.

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