Cowgirls Don't Cry is a snapshot of a fragmented reality. It shows an obvious
disconnect in American society where populism has been allowed to develop. In
the weeks between the US presidential elections on November 3, and President
Biden's inauguration day on January 20, I attempted to capture that disconnect
by following different trails.
I had been documenting Trump's America since the beginning of his mandate
through a long-term story on the Texas exotic game industry. When the time
came for Trump to face the election results, I was curious to see what would
become of the severe identity issues the country was experiencing. When
America is ill, Europe sneezes. As a European, and an outsider, I decided to
explore in depth the ordinary people who made him their Leader. They are the
ones who build kingdoms, and yet they get pushed out of History.
For three months, I followed small groups of Trump supporters—isolated and
organized alt-right, QAnon conspirators and white supremacists. These images
bear witness to their slow radicalization, from the contestation of an election to
the assault on the Capitol, the symbol of democracy weakened by an inflamed
leader, Donald Trump.
The project consists of a series of documents, photographs and
correspondence between Trump's communication services and his supporters,
and messages on the social network Parler. By using images and screenshots, I
try to separate the myths from reality. Documentation enlightens immediate
history and my long-term approach provides the distance to capture and
understand the America Trump leaves behind.
November 2nd 2020 - A sign of Donald Trump during a rally in Lancaster, Pennsylvania hosted by Ivanka Trump during the last week-end of the campaign.
November 2nd 2020 - A crowd waiting for Donald Trump's plane during his last US Presidential election campaign rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Scranton is the city where Joe Biden was born and was chosen as the place of the last Trump rally.
November 2nd 2020 - A trump supporter is holding a 'Make America Great Again' sign during a Trump rally during the US Presidential campaign awaiting for Ivanka Trump.
November 12th 2020 - Owen Schroyer, one of the presenter of Infowars and instigator of the #Stopthesteal Caravan makes a speech from the transformed car in Richmond, Virginia during a rally protesting against the results of the US Election.
Messages sent to Trump supporters from his Campaign office after the results of the election.
November 14th 2020 - A member of the Proud Boys is leading the group in a side demonstration in front of the Capitol during the Million Maga March in Washington. After the results of the US Presidential Election where called by AP, thousands of trump supporters gathered in Washington and marched to the Supreme Court following the call for protest 'Stop The Steal' contesting the results of the election.
January 12th 2021 - Former Presidents James Monroe and Barack Obama wax heads stored for the winter along with others in the Presidential Wax Museum in Keystone, South Dakota.
November 12th 2020 - A trump supporter waiting inn line to take a selfie with presenter of infowars.com Owen Schroyer during a rally of the #Stopthesteal Caravan in Raleigh.
November 12th 2020 - A trump supporter is eating his dinner on the trunk of his car during the #Stopthesteal Caravan in Atlanta. The Caravan started Monday November 9th in Texas and drove through the US heading to Washington to attend the Million Maga March, throwing rallies in every major cities.
November 13th 2020 - Members of the Bogaloo antigovernment militia showed up and open carry during a #StopTheSteal rally in Richmond, Virginia following the results of the US Presidential Election.
November 2nd 2020 - Ivanka Trump, daughter of the President, leaves the stage after delivering remarks during a Trump campaign rally in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Whatsapp conversations extract from Whatsapp group 'Protect the Vote' a Michigan group of Republicans formed following a StoptheSteal have been barred from Facebook the day after the results of the elections
November 14th 2020 - A Trump supporter holds a newspaper during the Million Mega March in Washington. The right-wing newspaper indicates the election to bee far from over, following the declaration of the President Trump claiming victory and making allusions that the election was rigged.
November 12th 2020 - Trump supporters during a #Stopthesteal Caravan rally in Raleigh inn their way to the Million Maga March to protest against the results of the US Presidential Elections.
January 6th 2021 - Two trump supporters are touching the Washington Monument during the last Trump rally leading to the Storming of the Capitol in Washington.
November 2nd 2020 - Technicians workers are folding the American flag back too a box because of too strong winds before the beginning of the last Trump rally before Election Day in Scranton, Pennsylvania, one of the swing states.
January 6th 2021 - A Trump supporter is holding a cross and an American flag in front of the Washington Monument during the last Trump rally in front of the White House that led to the Storming of the Capitol on January 6th.
November 12th 2020 - A car presenting a Trump sticker and flag is parked during a #Stopthesteal Caravan rally in Raleigh.
January 12th 2021 - Reproduction of the empty Press Conference room of the White House in the Presidential Wax Museum in Keystone South Dakota. During his mandate, the room has mostly remained empty and the president was delivering his speechs wherever and whenever he decided to.
January 6th 2021 - A Trump supporter jumps from the second floor of the Capitol in Washington during the Storm of the Capitol. After following the mob and using makeshift latters, the supporters realized there were few entrances in the second floor and decided to come back down to reach other entrances.
December 12th 2020 - The US Constitution exhibited at the Presidential Museum in Odessa.
January 6th 2021 - A mob of Trump supporters is stealing a lamp from a conference room after breaking a window during the Storm of the Capitol on January 6th in Washington.
January 12th 2021 - Presidents mannequins are beg covered for the winter in the Presidential Wax Museum in Keystone, South Dakota.
January 19th 2021 - A member of the National Guard is having lunch near the Washington Monument on Inauguration Eve. 250 000 members of the national Guard have been deployed in all states after the period of unrest following the Storming of the Capitol.
January 8th 2021 - Surroundings of the Capitol the day after the Storming of the US Capitol by a mob of trump-supporters during certification of the 2020 election.
January 17th 2021 - Snowflakes falling on an avenue of Lansing after National Guard blocked the roads leading to the State Capitol fearing for armed protests awaiting President Biden's inauguration.
January 17th 2021 - A Trump supporter calling himself 'Preacher' is demonstrating in front of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing armed and wearing a flack jacket one week after the Storming of the Capitol. He is protesting the results of the US Elections.
January 6th 2021 – Left : Messages from Trumps' campaign to his supporters following the Storming of the capitol. Right : Post of a partisan on Parler before Amazon shut down the platform.
December 8th 2020.
Junior National Rodeo Finals at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Cowgirls prepare for the competition. While Las Vegas decided to cancel the competition due to COVID, Dallas took over the organisation, as a denial State, and thousands of competitors and spectators came to Dallas, most of them not wearing of mask.
December 1st 2020.
Katherine Leary at the Mexican border shooting in the spot her father used to take her to learn how to use her firearms. She decided to go out to train this morning in fear of unrest following the US election. Following high rates in sales of ammunition, those are rationed and almost out of stock in all gun stores.
January 12th 2021 - Former President Trump Wax head is getting stored in a box for the winter in the Presidential Was Museum of Keystone, South Dakota.
January 20th 2021 - Members of the Inauguration parade in the streets of Washington on President Biden Inauguration Day.
January 20th 2021 - A young man awaits the passage of the car of President-elect Joseph Biden on Inauguration Eve in Washington on the other side of the secured perimeter that closed the entire city center following the unrest.
January 20th 2021 - The Capitol in Inauguration Day, the Mall has been filled with American flags and the area in under high security after the period of unrest.