Allison Stewart is an American photographer whose work explores the construction of American identity through «its relics, rituals, and mythologies». Born in Houston, Texas, she received her MFA in Photography from California State University Long Beach and her BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History from the University of Houston. Her work has been widely published and internationally shown in galleries, museums and festivals.
We met Allison during Cortona on the move 2018, where her project Bug Out Bag: The Commodification of American Fear is on show: a journey across the United States, depicted by the so-called "Bug Out Bags", kits that should contain the essentials to survive 72 hours in case of disaster - whatever it is - often resembling the personality of their owners.
As a symptom of American fears, these goods are now the core of a specialized, fear-driven, always growing market.
We’ve asked her a few questions about this project:
Bug Out Bag: The Commodification of American Fear will be on display at Cortona on the move until September 30th at the Girifalco fortress.