Priber Historical Research and Installation Plaster, Packing Tape, Drawing Tape, Dirt, Leaves Collaborators: Emily Bryant
Christian Gottlieb Priber was born in Germany in 1697. By 1735 he sold all his belongings, said goodbye to his wife and kids, abandoned his law practice, and set sail for Charleston, South Carolina in the hopes of establishing utopia in the new Americas. Soon after he found himself living with the Cherokee Indians in Telico Plains, Tennessee, fighting off the British and working tirelessly to establish his utopian experiment. The British eventually captured him and he died in prison. We received a research grant from a German cultural council to study his extraordinary life and make artworks related to it.