The West is an unfinished dream. An idea originally invented by European and British colonizers, it has inspired poetry, exploration, genocide, community, exploitation, and conservation. Though the term signifies a direction, not a region, the West has labelled parts of the United States for the past few hundred years with evolving boundaries. It first marked everywhere west of the Appalachian Mountains, then everywhere west of the Mississippi River, and now the US Census Bureau categorizes it as the eleven westernmost contiguous states, plus Alaska and Hawaii. For photographer Fiona Véronique, the West represents a complicated
land of myths, contradictions, clichés, and grand pursuits.  

Raised by a French mother and Hungarian father in France, Canada, and the Eastern US, Véronique had never ventured past the Mississippi before 2015. That year she began going on road trips with her sister, making photographs as a way to reconcile her expectations and experiences of the West. The images in Riddle document the sisters’ longest road trip across Washington, Eastern Oregon, Idaho, and Northern Nevada. Named after one of the towns they travelled

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(Essay written by Amelia Rina for Riddle, 2020.)