Artist: SOUTHBOUND ARTISTS | Location: Curated by Mark Sloan
SOUTHBOUND: Photographs of and about the New South
May 21 - August 14, 2021
OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, MAY 21ST FROM 5-7PM
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
- Southbound:Photographs of and about the New South comprises fifty-six photographers’ visions of the South over the first decades of the twenty-first century. Accordingly, it offers a composite image of the region. The photographs echo stories told about the South as a bastion of tradition, as a region remade through Americanization and globalization, and as a land full of surprising realities. The project’s purpose is to investigatethesenses of place in the South that congeal, howeverfleetingly, in the spaces between the photographers’ looking, their images, and our own preexisting ideas about the region.
- Southbound is curated by Mark Sloan, director and chief curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, and Mark Long, professor of political science, both of whom are on the faculty of the College of Charleston.
- Southbound embraces the conundrum of its name. To be southbound is to journey to a place in flux, radically transformed over recent decades, yet also to the place where the past resonates most insistently in the United States. To be southbound is also to confront the weight of preconceived notions about this place, thick with stereotypes, encoded in the artistic, literary, and media records. Southbound engages with and unsettles assumed narratives about this contested region by providing fresh perspectives for understanding the complex admixture of history, geography, and culture that constitutes today’s New South.
- Recognizing the complexity of understanding any place, let alone one as charged as the American South, the curators’ approach is transdisciplinary. The photographs will be complemented by a commissioned video, an interactive digital mapping environment, an extensive stand-alone website (SouthboundProject.org), and a comprehensive exhibition catalogue. The catalogue draws on expertise from disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.Emmy-award winning filmmaker John David Reynoldshas produceda documentary featuring interviews with select photographersand writers.
- The history of the American South is among the most storied of any region in the world. As a result of the vitality of its culture and the diversity of its inhabitants—to say nothing about the salience of photography in the United States—the region has also come to be among the most photographed. Through the exhibition, video, remappings, website, and catalogue—separately and in tandem—the Southbound project charts new courses toward expanded imaginings for the twenty-first century South.
Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South was organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.
Curated by Mark Sloan
Shelby Lee Adams
Sheila Pree Bright
Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick
Maude Schuyler Clay
John Lusk Hathaway
Titus Brooks Heagins
Will H. Jacks
Michelle Van Parys
Kevin KlineArtist Website