Thursday, April 12, 2012

Susan Harbage Page -- NC Arts Council Fellowship Awards Exhibition

Susan Harbage Page, truly one of the South's most distinguished photographers, is having a show of her work to celebrate her being named in 2010 one of the recipients of the NC Arts Council's Artist Fellowship Award. 

This show, which includes work by other recipients of the NC Arts Council Fellowship Award in 2010, is up at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the campus of Appalachian State University, at 423 West King St., in Boone, NC. 

Susan is on the faculty of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In a long and distinguished career as a photographer, she has found a variety of ways to use her art not only to observe Southern culture but also to engage with its persistent issues. 

Page's Postcards from Home portfolio, for example, represents a subtle engagement with and interruption of the iconography of the Klan as a Southern institution and symbol of the South's persistent racism. Laurel Fredrickson has a thoughtful discussion of this portfolio here.

More recently, Page has been engaging with the phenomenon of border crossing, in her portfolio The US/Mexico Border Project

Some of her work from this portfolio will be part of a show called Zone of Contention: The U.S./Mexico Border at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, opening June 16, 2012, and up through September 2nd of this year. 

Susan deserves all the honor and praise and recognition she is getting. These are must-see shows if you are nearby.

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