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John and June Allcott Gallery: Undergraduate Honors Exhibition, Annie Simpson, “eulogies of law and soil”

Photographic view of a narrow stream receding from foreground to background between two overgrown banks of weedy plants and tall thin trees, with a slight orange-pink glow of sunset at the horizon.

Reception: April 16, 7:30 pm

This project explores the political and duplicitous landscapes of Northampton County, North Carolina, which are defined by environmental racism, by responding to the myth and lore that has shaped the southern landscape as a cultural construct. Landscape images, no matter how straight forward, are subjective & bound up in collective memory which shapes narratives that obfuscate the racist violence done upon people within the landscape. How does topography lend itself to formulating one’s conception of self? How does this historical micro-chasm of environmental terror fit into the record of racism that is integral to American history? How is the Southern landscape as a cultural construction, at its heart, deceitful and memorialized through ahistorical remembering?

The artist would like to acknowledge the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, The Gump Family Undergraduate Research Award, and the James Boyd Gadson Fund for Summer Fellowships in Studio Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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