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September 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spend an hour with a photograph on this slow tour led by current MFAEDA students at Duke.
The program for Saturday will feature Max with Papaya by Susan Worsham (2011) and will be given by Hoang Nguyen (MFAEDA Class of 2020).
(b. 1969, Richmond, Virginia)
Susan Worsham grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where she enjoyed childhood field trips to sites ranging from cigarette factories to Civil War battlegrounds. Worsham continues to live and work in Richmond, where she creates art that is both imaginative and deeply personal. Her work is found in collections that include the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; and The Do Good Fund, Columbus, Georgia. In 2015 Worsham received both a Lensculture Emerging Talent Award and a Lensculture Portrait Award, and she was nominated for the 2016 Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer, one of the largest national awards among the grants and fellowships available in photography.
The majority of Worsham’s photographs featured in Southbound are drawn from her Bittersweet on Bostwick Lane series, made by the artist as she reflected on, and came to terms with, her brother’s suicide in the family home. Much of the project is guided by Worsham’s interactions and conversations with her elderly neighbor, Margaret Daniel. Over time, Daniel became Worsham’s true subject, as she recounted stories of Worsham’s family, and her memories became comingled with Worsham’s own. In seeking to make a project about death, Worsham instead stumbled onto a project about healing.
Many images in Bittersweet on Bostwick Lane, in which children of Worsham’s friends act as stand-ins for the photographer and her brother, are metaphorical visual poems, with references to death and renewal captured in vivid color and through Worsham’s dreamy use of light. More…[Photograph by Susan Worsham, Max with Papaya, 2011, from the