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What we choose to remember—and how—has a profound impact on how we understand ourselves and our world.

In 2019, visual artist Margaux Crump and documentary photographer Jake Eshelman travelled across present-day America to document the locations where records indicate fifty-four individuals were accused of witchcraft and executed by the state. Operating on the premise that places hold memory and that cultural memory can be deeply political, this project investigates how the land and the people in these sites have honored, altered, hidden, perverted, or neglected the memories of these persecutions.

Richly imagined by Western culture, the archetype of the witch occupies the liminal spaces between past and present, real and fantasy, fear and desire. It exists in the periphery—a metonym for danger and difference. Hag, healer, beggar, heretic, seductress; the witch has long haunted our stories. Yet we have not made it a priority to remember those who were condemned and executed. Why is this? Why does the witch thrive as a cultural construct, while individuals executed for witchcraft are largely forgotten or excluded?

By confronting these questions, Echoes of the Witch strives to help bring these memories back into our collective consciousness, contributing to the process of (un)learning, healing, and evolving together.



Acknowledgements



Thank you to everyone who has extended their enthusiasm and support for Echoes of the Witch—especially those who graciously offered their time, resources, skills, and hospitality over the course of this project.

Carol and David Allen
Beth Caruso, author of One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging 

Tasha Dorsey
Bob and Carolyn Florek

Susan Graham

Paul Joy of Goody Bassett’s Ice Cream 
Daniel Pagan

Elizabeth Rose 
The Fairfield Museum & History Center

The Salem Police Department, especially:
    Chief Mary Butler

    Chief’s Asst. Robert Mulligan

    Officer Ryan Arundel

Kristina Stevick and The History Alive Theater Company

David Wright




The Artists




Margaux Crump
is a interdisciplinary artist exploring the slippery relationship between agency and structural power. She believes the rich expanses within culturally imposed binaries are fertile spaces to trouble hierarchy, dualism, and anthropocentrism. Recently, she has been working with power as expressed through the constructs of gender and nature, using hunting and sexual desire as a way to trace the complex movements of power between bodies. With a desire to re-enchant the world, her current work builds on these themes, focusing on blurring the distinctions between what we define as magic or science; spirit or matter; and nature or culture.

You can view her work at margauxcrump.com
and keep tabs via instagram



Jake Eshelman
is a photographer whose work explores the complex relationships between humans and other-than-human beings. He asserts that our curious dissociation with the natural and spiritual worlds provides a palpable backdrop in which we can more fully (re)consider humanity’s role in ecology. Through a documentary and intuitive photographic practice, his recent work investigates interspecies and interspiritual relationships across industry, agriculture, and conservation, while questioning the tenets of anthropocentrism, the Enlightenment rationalization of “nature,” and the capitalist growth model.

You can view his work at jakeeshelman.com
and keep tabs via instagram