The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and City Gallery at Waterfront Park present Southbound: Photographs of and About the New South, debuting at both locations on October 19. This unprecedented exhibition represents the largest showing to date of photography that explores the twenty-first century American South. Displayed simultaneously at the Halsey Institute and at City Gallery, Southbound remains on view through March 2, 2019. The exhibition has been 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 faculty at the College of Charleston.
Southbound 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 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.
These exhibits are free for all