Gone, South

by - July 17, 2018

Gone, South 
Reception Friday, July 20, 7-9pm
Work on display July 17-31
West Memorials
2481 Broad Avenue
Gallery hours Monday - Friday, 8:30am-5pm
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This show brings together the work of three Memphis photographers with a focus on documenting their southern roots. Their work brings to light subjects such as social injustice, ever changing physical and cultural landscapes, and in some cases a lack there of.

Cheeto Ryan is a graduate of Memphis College of Art and has been shooting the rural city of Helena, Arkansas which is steeped in Civil War History and presently overrun by kudzu and impoverishment. The community has an embedded segregation which has formed a social activism that leverages Ryan’s experiences. Whilst there, through collecting materials and documenting the social life in different neighborhoods Cheeto attempts to reveal these layers and complexities.

Marcus Menefee is an interdisciplinary artist and photographer born in Hot Springs, Arkansas to a family of painters and sculptors. He received his BFA from Memphis College of Art and currently lives and works in the Memphis area. His work is influenced by cultural traditions of the surrounding areas as he explores themes of irony, identity and manipulation.

Ben Wilson is a Memphis native who has been capturing the landscapes, cityscapes, and urban lifestyle of Memphis for over a decade. By taking photographs of the city observed in the moment, Wilson has created a living documentary, cataloging the constant change in Memphis’ people, places, and art as a fluid cultural landscape. The featured photographs capture locations in Memphis that no longer exist.

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