Alexa Kanarowski: My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys–An Archive of the Life of Ann Bassett

Large dry field of dried bushes clustered together with a small structure in the distance and mountains behind it.

State Rd 318 between Maybell and Brown’s Park, CO (2020), digital photography, 16"x24".

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys was conducted as an effort to create a photographic archive of what remains of a little known woman and her life. Featuring photographs taken around Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming, this project captured objects and locations relating to the life of Ann Bassett. Bassett's life story includes outlaws, murder, cattle wars, conflict with Indigenous peoples, water depletion, and more, and thus is representative of the West as a whole. By conducting this project, I seek to commemorate this woman's extraordinary life and interrogate what the West is, then and now. 

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys features work by Alexa Kanarowski (B.F.A. '22).

Funded in part by the Gibian Rosewater Traveling Research Award.

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