Visura Blog

    
Location: Brooklyn
Biography: The Visura (Vē-su-ra: Be seen) Blog features Visura highlights, essays, and announcements including grants, partnerships, events, and open call opportunities and results.
Events News
Exhibit: Southern Rites by Gillian Laub at the Asheville Art Museum
visura blog
May 7, 2022
Summary
American photographer Gillian Laub (born New York, 1975) has spent the last two decades investigating political conflicts, exploring family relationships, and challenging assumptions about cultural identity. In Southern Rites, Laub engages her skills as a photographer, filmmaker, and visual activist to examine the realities of racism and raise questions that are simultaneously painful and essential to understanding the American consciousness.

Southern Rites

Gillian Laub

DATES:
April 1, 2022–July 4, 2022
LOCATION:
Appleby Foundation Exhibition Hall

Asheville Art Museum
ADDRESS:
2 South Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801 + Google Map



American photographer Gillian Laub (born New York, 1975) has spent the last two decades investigating political conflicts, exploring family relationships, and challenging assumptions about cultural identity. In Southern Rites, Laub engages her skills as a photographer, filmmaker, and visual activist to examine the realities of racism and raise questions that are simultaneously painful and essential to understanding the American consciousness.

In 2002, Laub was sent on a magazine assignment to Mount Vernon, GA, to document the lives of teenagers in the American South. The town, nestled among fields of Vidalia onions, symbolized the archetype of pastoral, small town American life. The Montgomery County residents Laub encountered were warm, polite, protective of their neighbors, and proud of their history. Yet Laub learned that the joyful adolescent rites of passage celebrated in this rural countryside—high school homecomings and proms—were still racially segregated.

Laub continued to photograph Montgomery County over the following decade, returning even in the face of growing—and eventually violent—resistance from community members and local law enforcement. She documented a town held hostage by the racial tensions and inequities that scar much of the nation’s history. In 2009, a few months after Barack Obama’s first inauguration, Laub’s photographs of segregated proms were published in the New York Times Magazine. The story brought national attention to the town and the following year the proms were finally integrated. The power of her photographic images served as the catalyst and, for a moment, progress seemed inevitable.

Then, in early 2011, tragedy struck the town. Justin Patterson, a twenty-two-year-old unarmed African American man—whose segregated high school homecoming Laub had photographed—was shot and killed by a sixty-two-year-old white man. Laub’s project, which began as an exploration of segregated high school rituals, evolved into an urgent mandate to confront the painful realities of discrimination and structural racism. Laub continued to document the town over the following decade, during which the country re-elected its first African American president and the ubiquity of camera phones gave rise to citizen journalism exposing racially motivated violence. As the Black Lives Matter movement and national protests proliferated, Laub uncovered a complex story about adolescence, race, the legacy of slavery, and the deeply rooted practice of segregation in the American South.Southern Rites is a specific story about 21st century young people in the American South, yet it poses a universal question about human experience: can a new generation liberate itself from a harrowing and traumatic past to create a different future?

Southern Rites is curated by Maya Benton and organized by the International Center of Photography.Content notice: To create a more just, equitable, and inclusive future we must first acknowledge our history. Gillian Laub’s Southern Rites opens up discussions of racism, systemic oppression, and the murder of a young Black person at the hands of a white person. The exhibition examines racial prejudice and raises questions that are simultaneously painful and essential to understanding the American experience and encouraging dialogue.






Southern Rites - Asheville Art Museum
Ashevilleart.org
LinkedIn Icon Facebook Icon Twitter Icon
5,768

Also by Visura Blog —

Events News

Visura and The Current announce 'When the well is dry' Group Exhibition

Visura Blog
Spotlight

Brazilian photographer Júlia Pontés receives The Current's 2022 Artist-in-Residence Award + Visura's 1st 2022 Grant for Visual Journalists

Visura Blog
Events News

Visura partners with premier contemporary art center in Vermont

Visura Blog
Events News

CENTER presents The 2022 Review Santa Fe Photo Symposium

Visura Blog
Events

The Pavillon Populaire presents 'Becoming Peter Lindbergh' Exhibition

Alyssa Schmidek for Visura Blog / Montpellier, France
Events

The Von Lintel Gallery presents: Joe Rudko's Lightwaves

Alyssa Schmidek for Visura Blog / Bergamot Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA
Events News

The Mellon Foundation invites you to Puerto Rico Now! –– An Online Event

Visura Blog
Events

The 2022 The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture.

Visura Blog
Events

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion

Alyssa Schmidek for Visura Blog / Cleveland, Ohio
Events

En Foco presents Reveal 2022 Exhibition

Alyssa Schmidek for Visura Blog / Bronx, NY
Events News

NEW QUEER PHOTOGRAPHY: Focus on the Margins Exhibition presented by f³ – freiraum für fotografie

Alyssa Schmidek for Visura Blog
Events

Monroe Gallery presents the exhibition "Imagine a world without photojournalism"

Visura Blog / Array
Featured Film Spotlight Videos

Video: Johanna Alarcón on the power of Photography

Directed by Adriana Teresa Letorney for Visura
Events News

Last chance to view THOMAS HOEPKER – THE WAY IT WAS at Galerie Bildhalle

Visura Blog
Events News

Exhibition: THE CAMERA IS CRUEL: LISETTE MODEL, DIANE ARBUS, NAN GOLDIN

Visura Blog
Events

Exhibition: Frida Orupabo’s solo show at Nicola Vassell Gallery, Closed Up Like a Fist

Visura Blog
Events

Book Signing: Sarah Stacke at Foley Gallery

Visura Blog
Events

The International Center of Photography: A Trillion Sunsets

Visura Blog
Events

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Cruel Radiance: Photography, 1940s–1960s

Visura Blog
Events News

EXHIBITION: International Center of Photography ICP Announces Major William Klein Retrospective Exhibition in Summer 2022

Visura Blog
Events News

Exhibition: 2022 RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show at Saatchi Gallery: a new selection of international artists & photographers showcase global..

Visura Blog
Events News

Join us for The Alexia Q&A Session II on Monday, February 28 at 2:00 PM EST

Visura Blog
Events News

Invite to The Alexia Q&A Zoom Session on Thursday, February 24 at 11:00 AM EST

Visura Blog
Events News

The Aftermath Project announces a second grant!

Visura Blog
Exhibit:  Southern Rites by Gillian Laub at the Asheville Art Museum by Visura Blog
Join us
For more access