A Mixed Up, Muddled Up, Shook Up World
October 8 - November 7, 2021
Custom House Museum | Bumpus Gallery
Mark Hedden has been living in Key West for over 25 years and he still hasn’t figured out the city’s annual bacchanalia. A couple years ago he decided to start approaching the event through the practice of street photography, trying to take it all in with a dispassionate eye and a willingness to let unexpected narratives unfold before the camera. A lot of his work is concerned with public and private space and public and private behavior in those spaces. Fantasy Fest is an amazing petri dish for that, fueled by myriad potent catalysts, such as sexuality, gender identity, age, body type, race and politics. It’s a mix of the high and the low, the earthy, the ethereal and the cheap, and he’s created a pretty deep catalog of images from the event.