Robert LeBlanc is an American artist
Gloryland is a spectacular look at the last remaining snake-handling church of Appalachia. LeBlanc’s book documents the events through documentary photographs and historical footage mixed with text and broader examinations of the West Virginia coal mining area with implications that regard American labor and de-industrialization. The work is a brilliant socio-economic overview and a non-judgmental look at the last snake-handling churches in America.
Throughout our conversation, Robert and I spoke about the churches, the phenomenon of snake handling, and his trips to West Virginia. We discussed his friends in Appalachia and how the project between Setanta Books and Fahey/Klein Gallery came together. Please tune in!
17. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.