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Southern Rites 

When: Thu., Nov. 15, 7 p.m. 2018
Price: Free to attend

Photographer Gillian Laub spent over a decade working in Montgomery County, Ga. after first learning of the high school’s segregated prom and homecoming dances in 2002. In 2010, after the community had received national attention from Laub’s photographs, the school elected to integrate the prom. Although Montgomery County had seen social progress with the integration of the dance, the community was divided once more when one of the school’s former students, 22-year-old African American Justin Patterson, was killed in January of 2011 by a white father who found him in their home with his daughter.

In light of this event, Laub began exploring this story and the broader issues of racial violence in the community. Her work resulted not only in a 2015 monograph of photographs, Southern Rites, but also in an HBO documentary film of the same name, as well as a traveling exhibition organized by the International Center of Photography.

Photographs from Southern Rites are featured in the Halsey Institute’s upcoming exhibition, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South. A Director Q&A will follow the film.

— Melissa Hayes


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  • Gillian Laub


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