Tour Schedule:

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
October 19, 2018 – March 2, 2019

City Gallery at Waterfront Park
Charleston, SC
October 19, 2018 – March 2, 2019

Gregg Museum of Art & Design
NC State University
Raleigh, NC
September 5 – December 29, 2019

Power Plant Gallery
Duke University
Durham, NC
September 6 – December 21, 2019


Available for 12 week bookings.

For more information, please contact Katie McCampbell: MccampbellKG@cofc.edu



Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South is an unprecedented photography exhibition co-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, in South Carolina.

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.



Southbound will comprise fifty-five photographers’ visions of the South over the first decades of the twenty- first century. Accordingly, it will offer 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 investigate senses of place in the South that congeal, however fleetingly, in the spaces between the photographers’ looking, their images, and our own preexisting ideas about the region.

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, and a comprehensive exhibition catalogue. This publication will draw on expertise from disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

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 U.S.—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 to expanded imaginings for the twenty-first century South.

Southbound will debut in Charleston, SC simultaneously at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Fall 2018. Travel opportunities are available beginning in Spring 2019.



Ancillary materials:


The Halsey Institute will produce a comprehensive catalogue to accompany the exhibition, including images by all exhibiting artists and a variety of essays offering a range of perspectives about the South. Southbound will draw on the expertise of leading intellectuals and scholars of the Southern experience. Essayists include William R. Ferris, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, now Senior Associate Director for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina; Eleanor Heartney, a contributing editor for Art in America, distinguished art critic, and author of several seminal volumes on contemporary art; and John T. Edge, lauded author and contributing editor at Garden & Gun, winner of three James Beard Foundation awards, and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Nikky Finney, Professor of Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina and 2011 winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, will contribute original content inspired by the exhibition’s photographs to the volume. 


Filmmaker John David Reynolds has been commissioned to produce a ten-to-fifteen-minute documentary featuring interviews with select photographers, writers, and Southern subjects. He will also produce video interviews with photographers to be available on the micro-website for Southbound. Reynolds is an award -winning videographer who specializes in films about artists and the creative process.

Interactive Map of the South:

The Halsey Institute has commissioned Dr. Rick Bunch, a geographic information science (GIS) and spatial cognition specialist, to design an interactive map of the South, representing everything from historical railroad maps to data collected on prison populations and churchgoers, among other topics. This Index of Southernness will allow viewers to switch on- and-off indicators and arrive at their own maps of the South.


A stand-alone micro-website connected to the Halsey Institute’s website will be produced in conjunction with the exhibition. This site will contain many more images by each photographer, links to essays, and additional information about the photographers and subjects of the images. We will also include Dr. Bunch’s interactive Index of Southernness.

Educational Brochure:

A trifold brochure will be produced for the public to provide information about the exhibition, the artists, and excerpts from some of the essays. This free brochure will be given to each museum visitor.


The Halsey Institute will produce multiple symposia and panel discussions on the topics raised by Southbound to coincide with the exhibition. Topics might include documentary studies, literature, geography, history, religion, foodways, music, race and ethnicity, and globalization and identity.



Participating artists:

1. Shelby Lee Adams

29. Stacy Kranitz

2. Rob Amberg

30. Gillian Laub

3. Daniel Beltrá

31. Deborah Luster

4. Rachel Boillot

32. Tammy Mercure

5. Sheila Pree Bright

33. Jeanine Michna-Bales

6. Lucinda Bunnen 

34. Greg Miller

 7. Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick

35. Susana Raab 

 8. Langdon Clay

36. Thomas Rankin 

 9. Maude Schuyler Clay

37. Tamara Reynolds 

 10. Thomas Daniel

38. Jeff Rich 

 11. Eliot Dudik

39. Eugene Richards

 12. Matt Eich

40. Kathleen Robbins

 13. Lisa Elmaleh

41. Euphus Ruth

 14. Mitch Epstein

42. Anderson Scott

 15. McNair Evans

43. Jerry Siegel

 16. Lucas Foglia

44. David Simonton

 17. Kyle Ford

45. Chris Sims

18. Preston Gannaway 

46. Mike Smith

19. Alex Harris

47. Magdalena Solé

20. John Lusk Hathaway

48. Bill Steber

21. Titus Brooks Heagins

49. Mark Steinmetz

22. Lauren Henkin

50. Brandon Thibodeaux

23. Tim Hursley

51. Burk Uzzle

24. Jessica Ingram

52. Sofia Valiente

25. Will H. Jacks

53. Michelle Van Parys

26. Daniel Kariko

54. Jeffrey Whetstone

27. Tommy Kha

55. Susan Worsham

28. Kevin Kline



About the curators:

Mark Sloan has been the director and chief curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston since 1994. Prior to his appointment to the Halsey Institute, Sloan was the associate director of San Francisco Camerawork and executive director of the Light Factory in Charlotte, N.C. He is also a practicing photographer whose works have been exhibited at many international venues, including the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; the American Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.; and the Grand Palais, in Paris. He has curated dozens of photography exhibitions in his thirty- three year career, including No Man’s Land: Contemporary Photographers and Fragile Ecologies, featuring Edward Burtynsky, Emmet Gowin, and David Maisel.

Trained in Ireland, Spain, and the U.S., Mark Long has been professor of political science and geography at the College of Charleston since 2002. His research concerns itself with how we see political and cultural geographies; recent publications have explored street art and editorial cartoons. He has guest-curated several exhibitions for the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, including Simon Norfolk’s Et in Arcadia Ego, Pedro Lobo’s architecture of survival, and Stuart Klipper’s Antarctica.

Community Partners 2017