Seven photographers focus on landscapes at MOCA Jacksonville
The photographs in MOCA Jacksonville’s current, self-curated exhibition, Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape, focus on the land but speak volumes about the people there – in the present and the past.
The black and white and color photographs, by such renowned artists as William Christenberry, Sally Mann, Richard Misrach, Andrew Moore, and Alec Soth, alongside the fresh, compelling visions of Deborah Luster and Jeanine Michna-Bales, present a timeless portrait of this storied region.
Some of the most recent work in Southern Exposure is from Moore’s series The South, an exploration of New Orleans, Atlanta, Tunica, and other areas of the Mississippi Delta – a region that has fascinated him since he first began to take pictures. Moore, who lived
in New Orleans for almost two years after college, was drawn to the light, surfaces, and patina of the city’s architecture.
The South’s rich history and the artist’s longtime interest in how architecture embodies that history coalesce in the new body of work. The South, Moore’s ongoing series, has only been exhibited once before, at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, and two of his seven images in Southern Exposure have never been shown before.
Too Cheap for Roses, Six Flags, New Orleans (2012) and Zydeco Zinger, Abandoned Six Flags Theme Park, New Orleans (2012) are
surreal reminders of the legacy of Hurricane Katrina, after which the heavily damaged
theme park permanently closed. Much like Moore’s Detroit project, these images depict a landscape that once flowed with people but now sits abandoned and eerily lifeless.
Article written by Denise M. Reagan