Opening Reception: December 5, 5-9pm
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“Real Encounters” showcases work from a South Carolina Black rodeo (“The Black Cowboy”) and everyday moments across the country (“No Place to Fall”). In a time where perception of our community often comes through a screen, these two visual essays break through that barrier to show people existing outside of social media to form connections. The exhibition hopes to remind audiences what it’s like to take a step out and encounter the world around them.
The American West was personified by the lore of the cowboy, but few know the tales of Black cowboys in America. Every first weekend in May, horse riders from across the country come to participate in the Black Cowboy “Man or Myth” African-American Cultural Festival in Rembert, South Carolina. Sharing the legacy of the Black cowboy, a rodeo is held to continue the tradition of horsemanship and share the love of horses. These photographs help dispel the myth of the west and provide a true picture of America’s horse riders.
A sudden explosion on a neighborhood street in Concord, North Carolina. An unexpected glance at a rodeo in West Yellowstone, Montana. A little girl walks through a puddle in a sun dress in Berlin, Germany. “No Place To Fall” is a collection of 35mm photographs that capture bits of poetry encountered on the road and at home in North Carolina over the span of several years from 2014-2018.