Moni Haworth Dual Reference

There’s a cultural link between rural America and outer space. Could be that open skies and idle time leads to increased UFO sightings, or it’s our collective memory of Nevada’s Area 51, or the Barney and Betty Hill abduction in the 60s. Something about the dusty landscape, trailer parks, in-bred teens, feels uncanny, extraterrestrial. I want to believe. It’s between these two worlds that photographer Moni Haworth’s work intersects.  The now passé phenomenon of alien abduction claims in rural America is marred with both warnings of mental health issues, and or family involvement in the US military – two undeniably creepy realities of life on Earth. At the apex of alien abduction claims during the 1980s-1990s, children and adult abductees often reported a sensation of being both human and alien at the same time, a condition called “Dual Reference.” Dual Reference is a good way to describe Haworth’s subjects. Captured on a sketchy camcorder, we encounter feral teens, starlets with prosthetic ears and glazed over eyes, blue haired alien assailants in the desert. Making her name as a documentarian of the underground punk scene in LA, Haworth’s eye for freaky teens has made her a fixture haunting the mood boards…

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Moni Haworth Dual Reference

Updated: October 12, 2021 — 10:27 am