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Posted by The Center on February 4, 2010

(Photo Credit: Fire Eater, 2009 by Terri Garland)

Terry Garland, a photographer based in the American South, documents Southern customs by often investigating issues of racism and xenophobia, as well as religious convictions. Garland’s image Fire-Eater, 2009 from The Good Books series is featured in the Center’s “New Visions” exhibition. The piece examines a dilapidated dictionary—a once bound hardback salvaged from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. To find this book and others like it, Garland walked through Central City and the Lower Ninth Ward of post-Katrina New Orleans recovering discarded publications in deserted buildings and churches. Garland then scanned the books she found—documenting them in all of their desecration. Her series reveals more than just torn, burnt, and weathered pages. Each tattered book symbolizes the trauma of its previous owners and embodies the repercussions and abandonment of a hurricane-ridden New Orleans. While the bibles in the series suggest devastated faith, the dictionary shown in Fire Eater, 2009 suggests a loss of communication—a city shut-off and isolated from the rest of the country.

More images from The Good Books series:

(Photo Credit: Zebra Bible, 2006 by Terri Garland)

(Photo Credit: Lapis Bible, 2006 by Terri Garland)

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Posted by The Center on February 3, 2010

(Photo Credit: Refinery Flock Triptych (Panel 1) by Massimo Cristaldi)

“This project, [which] starts from the utilitarian relationship between flocks of birds and the heat emitted by a Refinery, investigates [the] precarious equilibrium between industries and animals—between manmade artifacts and Nature.”

Massimo Cristaldi’s photograph Rifinery Flock Triptych (Panel 1) from his Refinery Flocks series was given the Director’s Honorable Mention in the “New Visions” exhibition. Cristaldi’s series depicts the fluid intuitions of bird swarms. In his own words, Cristaldi uses his series to present “a certain ‘synergy’ between the monstrous products of progress and natural species.”

More of Massimo’s work can be found at:

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