Artist: Michael Adno
Project: Cracker Politics, The Limit of Colonial Knowledge
Description: With Cracker Politics, The Limit of Colonial Knowledge, Michael Adno rethinks Florida’s complex colonial eras alongside the state’s present-day idiosyncrasies. By collaborating with John Thrasher, director of the Micanopy Historical Society, Adno explores the many secret fraternal organizations that have thrived in the state since the mid-nineteenth century, exposing ties between local politics and the Ku Klux Klan. Also included here are samples from Adno’s collaboration with Michael Stallings, lead archaeologist and caretaker of the Little Orange Creek Nature Preserve in Hawthorne, Florida—work that led to Adno’s current research examining the effect of Governor Rick Scott’s policies upon Florida’s land and people. From the Scott Administration to Andrew Jackson’s, Cracker Politics illuminates Florida’s hidden power structures and the narratives these structures privilege.