Allison Beondé explores the famous Roswell, New Mexico UFO sighting of 1947, and the historic mythology that surrounds it. While creating this series, Beondé became captivated by the way the key witness, James Ragsdale, morphed his testimony of the UFO sightings throughout his life and her series of images portray this sense of mystery and shifting notions of truth. Beondé’s photographs show how an image can function in several ways – purely image, a piece of evidence, a physical object, or a fraud. 1947, Roswell is a poetic examination of the Ragsdale’s story as an unresolved, strangely beautiful, and uniquely American myth.
Allison Beondé is a visual artist living in central New York. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in Partnership with Tufts University. She has exhibited work in the Boston area and is a recipient of a 2015 traveling fellowship through the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as a 2015 Light Work grant.