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#UNAPOLOGETIC, keynote talk by Sheila Pree Bright

Sheila Pree Bright is the opening keynote speaker for the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art‘s symposium, Public Memory in the New South.

The Public Memory in the New South symposium kicks off on Friday evening with a keynote lecture by Southbound photographer Sheila Pree Bright. The symposium’s purpose is to arrive at new understandings of how our collective memories ultimately reflect and inform how we experience this place and to take stock of ways in which our sense of ourselves is changing in the New South.

Sheila Pree Bright is a photographer based in Atlanta. Bright’s sustained focus on the African American experience in the South has entailed projects that range from the most apparently banal, suburban living, to the most charged, the Black Lives Matter protests in the region and beyond over recent years. Bright’s work also showcases a profound historical sensitivity, as seen for example in her 1960Who series, in which she wheat-pasted on buildings across Atlanta her portraits of locally significant but nationally unsung heroes of the civil rights movement in the mid-twentieth century, afterwards making photographs of those public art installations.

Bright’s photographs in Southbound are drawn from her #1960Nowseries, which examines race, gender, and generational divides to raise awareness of millennial perspectives on civil and human rights. With a focus on capturing the efforts of emerging young leaders affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement, Bright has made photographs on the front lines of demonstrations in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Atlanta, among many other places.

Bright’s lecture is co-presented by the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, with support from the College of Charleston’s Sustainability Literacy Institute.

The symposium continues on Saturday!
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | College of Charleston School of Sciences and Mathematics Auditorium | 202 Calhoun St.

Dr. Adam H. Domby | What Were They Supposed to Mean: Confederate Monuments in the Eyes of their Builders | 10:00 AM

Dr. Thomas Brown | Civil War Monuments and Photography | 10:30 AM

Jeanine Michna-Bales | Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad | 11:00 AM

Jessica Ingram | Visualizing Violence in the American South in Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial | 11:30 AM

Dr. Thavolia Glymph | Posing/Posed for the Camera: The Right to Look Back in Possession of One’s Self | 2:00 PM

Anderson Scott | The Selective Memory of the South | 2:30 PM

Eliot Dudik | Memory, Beauty, and Humor as Unifying Forces | 3:00 PM

Brenda Tindal | K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace: Reckoning & the Making of a Rapid Response Exhibit in a New South City | 3:30 PM

Michael Arad | Memory in the Public Realm: Making the Past Present | 7:00 PM


Jan-11-19 7:00 pm - Jan-11-19 9:00 pm
Sottile Theatre
Address: 44 George Street, Charleston, SC 29403