Aaron Canipe was born and raised in Hickory, North Carolina. He earned his BFA in Photography from Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. in 2012 and his MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts from Duke University in 2015. Aaron currently lives and works in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Forks & Branches is an intimate meditation on the people and landscapes of Western North Carolina, where Aaron Canipe was raised. Tinted with a pervasive sense of loss and nostalgia, the project captures the particular poignancy of an adult returning to the geography of his childhood and reckoning with both his love for the place and a new understanding of its deep flaws, “hurt, detachment, and stubborn grace.”