Our Strange New Land: Photographs by Alex Harris
November 29, 2019–May 3, 2020
Alex Harris (American, born 1949), Greener Grass in Gay, Georgia, 2018, pigmented inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist. © Alex Harris.
This latest chapter in the High’s “Picturing the South” commission series features new work made by North Carolina-based photographer Alex Harris (American, b. 1949) on independent film sets throughout the South to explore how the region is seen, imagined and created by contemporary visual storytellers. Harris photographed both the scenes constructed for the film production and the activity that unfolded around the sets in adjacent communities, often blurring the lines between staged storytelling and real life.
With the South’s diverse topography as a backdrop, Harris strings together impeccably lit and meticulously composed images to build an intuitive narrative that vacillates among deep sorrow, explosive anger and mundane anticipation. Though he leaves clues, Harris never fully reveals which pictures are contrived for the cinema and which are proximate documentary happenstance. His photographs poignantly record the current wave of filmmaking in the region while also exploring the back-and-forth between fiction and reality and between past and present in the South as portrayed in film.
This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
This exhibition is made possible by
Premier Exhibition Series Sponsor
Exhibition Series Sponsors
Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
The Antinori Foundation
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporter
Anne Cox Chambers Foundation
Ambassador Exhibition Supporters
Tom and Susan Wardell
Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Marcia and John Donnell
W. Daniel Ebersole and Sarah Eby-Ebersole
Robin and Hilton Howell
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
Margot and Danny McCaul
Elizabeth and Chris Willett
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund.