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Sydney Cook uses photography to explore the tension between identity and displacement, with a particular emphasis on how these themes exist in geographically isolated, and socio-economically marginalized communities. As Cook is the product of the very communities in which she photographs, the themes explored often mirror the spaces she knows best. Cook, a native of the rural American midwest, draws from her experiences in increasingly divided social landscapes, many of which are often highly inflamed geopolitical areas. She explores these divided social landscapes across the United States as a guide to questioning and challenging the formation of identity within isolated communities. She maintains a commitment to this work through a genuine passion for discovering the stories, lives, and histories of those who are often unseen.

In 2018, Cook graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art, with a BFA in Photography. Cook is originally from Monroe, Michigan, and currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. 

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