In “Southern Interiors”, contemporary photographers portray public and private spaces from Mississippi to Virginia that tell stories—both personal and shared—literally framed by walls, floors and windows. The evocative images are captured through the lenses of artists ranging from Guggenheim Fellows to lesser known, but emerging, photographers.
Some of the images are highly personal—even intimate—with subjects in dressing and bedrooms; others depict people at work, polishing a church pew or handing mail through a post office window. There are quiet settings—the view through a kitchen window or a classroom without students—as well as animated ones, like parties and conversation over coffee. In the works we see beauty, poverty, light and dark; they all ask us to consider what it means to be Southern and a Southerner—and whether that experience is really any different from other places.
“Southern Interiors” is part of a larger, Auburn-wide initiative of photographic exhibitions running through January 5, 2020 known as “Southern Perspectives” that explores Southern identity and its multitude of perspectives. Other venues include the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill, the Auburn Public Library, the Department of Art and Art History’s Biggin Gallery, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sunny Slope.
The Do Good Fund
All the photographs are from The Do Good Fund, a public charity based in Columbus, Georgia, which collects museum-quality photographs taken in the American South since World War II. The mission of The Fund is to broadly offer its more than 500 images to regional museums, nonprofit galleries and nontraditional venues for exhibitions, and to encourage accompanying complementary, community-based engagement. Learn more at thedogoodfund.org.