Jane Hilton has been road tripping throughout the United States for the last thirty years. The fact that she comes from London as a photographer and filmmaker makes her observation more acute. After three decades, she has accumulated enough material to create a picture of a landscape beneath the vast skies, of the highways and vistas of automobile graveyards. In her persistent probing from the wedding chapels of Las Vegas to the bordello rooms where the sexual exchanges are fulfilled, she shows a hidden world behind the barriers. Persistent human loneliness and an ongoing violence at the very core of the place. One can easily see how the state of Nevada with the ‘loneliest road in all of America’ (Highway 50 East) became the home of nuclear testing and military activity. Hilton refers to Nevada as her favourite state in the US with its’ paradoxes and contradictions. It is both ‘the land of opportunity’ and the ‘dumping ground’ of America. It is therefore no surprise that it has become the subject for her latest monograph due to be published next...
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