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Southbound: Titus Brooks Heagins


Sep 21 2019


1:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Power Plant Gallery

320 Blackwell St, American Tobacco Campus, Durham, NC

Ride the Bus with Titus Brooks Heagins

[ Detail, Titus Brooks Heagins, Bubbles, 2016 ]


Ride the Bus with Titus Brooks Heagins

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South

Meet at the Power Plant Gallery in the American Tobacco Campus in Durham at 1:30 for a brief tour, then board the bus for a round trip to the Gregg Museum of Art & Design in Raleigh to experience Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South at both locations. Heagins will discuss his own work along the way. The Inkwell series by Southbound artist Titus Books Heagins documents the owners, patrons, and onlookers at a tattoo parlor in Durham. The parlor acts as common ground for customers who otherwise might not associate with one another, as black, brown, and white bodies find their way to the shop to make permanent their emotions, desires, losses, and challenges. Heagins has three photographs in the exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery.

This event is generously sponsored by the Vice Provost for the Arts—Duke Arts.

About the Event Series

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South is presented by the Power Plant Gallery in collaboration with Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University. In this iteration, guest curator Randall Kenan, author and NC native, organizes the many framed photographs of the exhibition around the twin themes of Flux, on display at the Power Plant Gallery, and Home, on display at the Gregg Museum. The full program of events includes slow tours, film screenings, “Sit + Chat” sessions, and FSP@PPG panel discussions that engage with the issues in and around the works of art and explore the topics, places, and styles of Southbound. Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South was organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina, and curated by Mark Long and Mark Sloan. Visit the exhibit online at

Related Coverage

“The ideas and problems which have dogged the South from the beginning are still afoot: race and the legacy of slavery; the bloody blunder that was secession and the Civil War; a powerful fondness for Jesus and the Protestant religion; a particular food culture tied directly to the agricultural bounty that sprang from that very landscape.” —Randall Kenan, quoted in Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, Forum Online

“Before you start, know what you’re trying to achieve with the photo. Have a goal in mind, and think through what you need to do to get there.” —Titus Brooks Heagins, quoted in Titus Brooks Heagins Visits DSA, Forum Online

“McNair Evans produces choreographed works. He orchestrates photos after establishing relationships with his subjects, giving him the ability to capture images of vulnerable moments.” —Cydney Livingston, Photography as Choreography: Confessions for a Son, Forum Online

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