Anarene is a book that was born from an eight-year photographic project made by Mikel Bastida in the United States. In the spirit of referencing the ghost town in Archer County, Texas, portrayed in Peter Bogdanovich’s film adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s novel The Last Picture Show, the author has traveled the country looking for images and stories that cinema has left behind. The photographs show us the America battered by the story: a land consumed by its own myth, landscapes that become a chronicle of the power of cinema, images of images that tell us about places that do not matter for what they are, but for what they have represented. Anarene presents a territory full of people and lost and forgotten objects, their stories survive, marginalized, suspended in a time and space that was taken from them. This volume gives value to those fragments found in the ruins of fiction, with the United States used as a background to the stories.

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