The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art opened it’s Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South exhibition on October 19.
The exhibition has been in the works for over four years and is comprised of works from 56 artists encapsulating their visions of the South over the first decades of the twenty first century.
“The art shows what each artist sees the new south to be,” Halsey intern Lyla Zimmerman said, “because truly the south isn’t what it used to be anymore.”
Despite its seemingly complexity, Southbound holds true to its name.
“It’s called Southbound because it’s a mix of a bunch of different interpretations of what the south was, what it is now and what it’s going to be” Zimmerman said.
According the the Halsey Institute website, Southbound represents a journey through time and “gages 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.”
Available until March 2, 2019, the exhibition leaves interpretations of the art up to each individual viewer.
“It’s really all on your own,” Zimmerman said. “ You have to look around and you just find things that you identify with.”