Antone Dolezal & Lara Shipley: The Naked Truth
The Naked Truth is a new collaborative project by Antone Dolezal & Lara Shipley, set in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This project combines creative and performative photographs in close dialogue with a historical archive, resurrecting the period of the Great Depression when the Victorian era Crescent Hotel was turned into a fake cancer curing hospital by "Dr." Norman Baker, an egomaniacal charlatan exploiting the terminally ill and economically desperate.
Inspired by superstition, the story of a trickster that is part truth and part myth, and a hotel that was once the illusion of a hospital, The Naked Truth explores the fine line between reality and illusion that can be used to marvel or exploit. It aims to challenge our faith in manufactured saviors and the evidence employed to make sense of the world. By giving a glimpse into this small corner of America's past, Dolezal & Shipley unveil a world that exposes the wonder, trauma and eccentric realities reverberating across contemporary America today.
Antone Dolezal is a visual artist whose body of work surveys the cultural and political dynamics of American folklore and mythology. Antone is currently a faculty member at the University of Nevada - Reno.
Lara Shipley is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Michigan State University. She is a photographer and bookmaker who primarily makes work about rural culture, identity, mythology, storytelling and photography's relationship to evidence.