Sights and Secrets

By  |  June 20, 2016
Billboard near Interlachen, Florida, 2016 ©Michael Adno Billboard near Interlachen, Florida, 2016 ©Michael Adno

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.


Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, email Jeff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Michael Adno was born a first generation American; his father is from South Africa and his mother is from Austria. Raised in Sarasota, Florida, he is now based in Brooklyn. View more of his work on his website and follow him on Instagram @mikeadno.