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Untitled - Young Man in Bedroom

Reenactments

Dec 21, 2017 - Jennifer Garza-Cuen

At the historic Occidental Hotel and in other places in and around Buffalo, Wyoming time has seemingly paused. They are contemporary spaces so steeped in the past it’s disorienting.

 

Buffalo is one of numerous towns in America where people have rejected aspects of contemporary society in favor of a simpler and often more rural life that includes aspects of historical reenactment. It has been called histo-cinematic simulation or the Disneyland effect in which sanitized ideas of the past are mixed with everyday contemporary life in a nostalgic new romanticism that is both enticing and unsettling. Perhaps this is the result of our legacy of images and their narrative power to provide definitions in a world that is still shifting too rapidly for many to keep up.

 

 

Untitled - Trophy, Buffalo, WY