Durant and Gaudet’s photographic installation pays homage to Eleanor Antin’s seminal 1970’s work entitled 100 Boots. Engaging in a performative journey, the artists documented their collaborative week long Texas/New Mexico road trip by photographing 50 black rubber boots in various settings. The anthropomorphized boots’ adventures include being questioned by the police near a border crossing, illegally crossing into Mexico, being stranded in a blizzard, and a visit to the Cadillac Ranch amongst other exploits. Employing humor and irony, the work examines the timely subject of immigration as well as questions the notion of photograph as evidence or travel archive.
images courtesy of Esther Huynh and the artists