Myth, Manners and Memory: Photographers of the American South @ De La Warr Pavilion
1 October 2010 – 3 January 2011
‘Myth, Manners and Memory: Photographers of the American South’ brings together artists who have, in various ways, engaged with the physical and psychological landscape of the American South and its place in our psyche. The mythology of the South has entered the popular imagination. Many artists have strived to represent the ‘Mind of the South’ in their work, and in doing so often reflect the contested cultural values of this most highly charged of American regions.
Combining historical and contemporary work, the exhibition brings together a number of prominent American photographers: Walker Evans, William Eggleston, William Christenberry, Carrie Mae Weems, Alec Soth and Susan Lipper. Their perspectives diverge, intertwine and at times collide: from indigenous views, enriched by a lifetime’s experience, to those of significant visitors who have been drawn in to consider very specific contexts at very particular moments in time. The exhibition will include key examples of Walker Evans, whose photographs of the Southern States, made for the Farm Security Administration between 1936 and 1938, have had such a powerful resonance, not only for subsequent generations of photographers, but also in the broader popular imagination. For this exhibition Evans’s FSA photographs will provide a series of historical markers that also become points of departure.