“Bury Me in the Back Forty” is the highly anticipated successor to the sold-out books “Out West” and “Crown Ditch” by Kyler Zeleny. We are offering 100 Special Edition copies and all purchases directly support the realisation of this book.
For a decade now, Kyler Zeleny has been documenting his hometown, a rural community on the Canadian Prairies with deep Ukrainian roots, consisting of 850 people. Through photographs, collected objects, community archives, and hidden histories, he juxtaposes it with the community’s history book from the year 1980.
The result is a pluralistic history of the community that embraces both official and unofficial accounts of events in the community’s past—a community album that contains not only the roses but also the numerous thorns attached to each stem. It encapsulates the collective virtues and vices found at the heart of any complex place on the verge of disappearing.
More importantly, it is simply a story being recorded, recollected, and reconfigured—a layered portrait of small town living that is both unique and universal. The result of which is the stoicism of place, a lived existence, which roars at times and suffers so quietly at others.