Sean Snyder
Script for "Dallas Southfork in Hermes Land", Slobozia, Romania.
1er décembre 2001 - 26 janvier 2002

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  • Sean Snyder, Script for "Dallas Southfork in Hermes Land", Slobozia, Romania., Exhibition view, Photo credits: Florian Kleinefenn, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
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The Southfork Ranch located in Texas was picked after producers helicoptered over the area in search of the perfect setting for the American television series Dallas. The series appeared on CBS from 1978 to 1991 and continues to be syndicated all over the world.

'Dallas' was one of the few American Television series broadcast during the communist regime of Nicolai Ceausecu. The dictator was a fan of the program, but broadcast it to show the evils of capitalism. During the mid-1990s the corrupt Romanian billionaire Ilie Alexandru created a Balkan version of the Southfork Ranch in Slobozia, on the main road between Bucharest and the Black Sea.

'Southfork Dallas in Hermes Land' is a cross between an amusement park and a resort based on the Southfork ranch including a 132-foot-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower, vernacular gypsy pagodas and castles.

The Southfork Ranch in Slobozia is a sort of do-it-yourself reconstruction, interpreted from videotapes of the television series and books on the architecture of the American South.