Artist: SOUTHBOUND ARTISTS | Location: Curated by Mark Sloan

SOUTHBOUND: Photographs of and about the New South

May 21 - August 14, 2021

  • 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.

Note: This exhibition finished hanging on August 14, 2021.

Rachel Boillot
Macon County, North Carolina, 2014
From the Después del Día series
Macon County, North Carolina

Rachel Boillot Macon County, North Carolina, 2014 From the Después del Día series Macon County, North Carolina

Stacy Kranitz
Grundy, Virginia, 2011
From the
As It Was Give(n) to Me series
Grundy, Virginia

Stacy Kranitz Grundy, Virginia, 2011 From the As It Was Give(n) to Me series Grundy, Virginia


Curated by Mark Sloan

Shelby Lee Adams
Stacy Kranitz
Rob Amberg
Gillian Laub
Daniel Beltrá
Deborah Luster
Rachel Boillot
Tammy Mercure
Sheila Pree Bright
Jeanine Michna-Bales
Lucinda Bunnen
Greg Miller
Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick
Susana Raab
Langdon Clay
Thomas Rankin
Maude Schuyler Clay
Tamara Reynolds
Thomas Daniel
Jeff Rich
Eliot Dudik
Eugene Richards
Matt Eich
Kathleen Robbins
Lisa Elmaleh
Euphus Ruth
Mitch Epstein
Anderson Scott
McNair Evans
Jerry Siegel
Lucas Foglia
David Simonton
Kyle Ford
Chris Sims
Preston Gannaway
Mike Smith
Alex Harris
Magdalena Solé
John Lusk Hathaway
Bill Steber
Titus Brooks Heagins
Mark Steinmetz
Lauren Henkin
Brandon Thibodeaux
Timothy Hursley
Burk Uzzle
Jessica Ingram
Sofia Valiente
Will H. Jacks
Michelle Van Parys
Daniel Kariko
Tommy Kha
Susan Worsham
Kevin Kline

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