As a young man, Mitchell grew up in an impoverished area, but he has reflected on the strength of the people he knew and the sense of community.
With this exhibition, Dean Mitchell strives to challenge viewers to examine the traditional view of the American West, to experience the reality of these environments and how they affect the communities, and change this country for the better.
When I grew up, I didn’t have very much, but we took care of the little we had.” After visiting the Pima-Maricopa Reservation in Phoenix, AZ, Mitchell was struck by the physical world there: extreme poverty, abandoned buildings, and debris strewn throughout the environment. Of the visit, Mitchell said, “There is something deeper going on here. This is more than just poor.
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