This collection of photographs, entitled, Forever in the Pre-Trembling of a House That Falls, documents a cross-country motorcycle journey the artist took with her father in 2011. On a vintage Polaroid Land camera, Theodoli-Braschi captured impressions of the ghost towns crisscrossing the American South West. The photographs, which she describes as a “visual poem of the journey,” canonize the fragile remains of a once booming industrial economy and serve as eerie testimonials to the rise and fall of late 19th - early 20th century industries like railroads and mining. At once haunting and hypnotic, these photographs romanticize the ghosts of progress, while foreshadowing the ever-expanding sprawl of American ruins, perhaps best exemplified by manufacturing capitals like Detroit, whose now defunct auto industry once supplanted the success of formidable railroad moguls.
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