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SOUTHBOUND: PHOTOGRAPHS OF AND ABOUT THE NEW SOUTH

EXHIBITION SPECS

Number of Works:
220 framed photographic works
Dimensions:
Varied
Space Requirement:
5,000 – 6,000 sq. ft.
Participation Fee:
$18,500 for 12 weeks
Shipping Costs:
Venue pays for incoming shipping
Insurance:
To be carried by venue
Exhibition Graphics:
Graphics package includes wordmark, proprietary fonts, label, and wall text information in digital format
Supporting materials:
A 272-page, illustrated catalogue, produced by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. A commissioned short film by John David Reynolds. GIS map of “the South” with interactive features. Trifold educational brochures with excerpts from essays and exhibition information

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
October 19, 2018 - March 2, 2019
Gregg Museum of Art & Design, NC State University
Raleigh, NC
https://gregg.arts.ncsu.edu/
September 5 - December 29, 2019
Power Plant Gallery, Duke University
Durham, NC
http://powerplantgallery.com/
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 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-six 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.

Various Artists

SOUTHBOUND: PHOTOGRAPHS OF AND ABOUT THE NEW SOUTH

EXHIBITION SPECS

Number of Works:
220 framed photographic works
Dimensions:
Varied
Space Requirement:
5,000 – 6,000 sq. ft.
Participation Fee:
$18,500 for 12 weeks
Shipping Costs:
Venue pays for incoming shipping
Insurance:
To be carried by venue
Exhibition Graphics:
Graphics package includes wordmark, proprietary fonts, label, and wall text information in digital format
Supporting materials:
A 272-page, illustrated catalogue, produced by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. A commissioned short film by John David Reynolds. GIS map of “the South” with interactive features. Trifold educational brochures with excerpts from essays and exhibition information

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
October 19, 2018 - March 2, 2019
Gregg Museum of Art & Design, NC State University
Raleigh, NC
https://gregg.arts.ncsu.edu/
September 5 - December 29, 2019
Power Plant Gallery, Duke University
Durham, NC
http://powerplantgallery.com/
September 6 - December 21, 2019
Available for 12 week bookings.
For more information, please contact Katie McCampbell: MccampbellKG@cofc.edu
CATALOGUE

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; and Eleanor Heartney, a contributing editor for Art in America, distinguished art critic, and author of several seminal volumes on contemporary art. 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. A number of Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships are also currently in talks to contribute to the catalogue.

VIDEO

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.

MICRO-WEBSITE

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.

SYMPOSIA

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.

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.

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Open until 7pm on Thursdays
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