French Photographer Offers Portrait of the South in Exhibit

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    French photographer Pierre Gonnord will present “Portraying the South,” a solo exhibition of photographs that capture a glimpse into the soul of the American Deep South at the SCAD Atlanta Gallery See, 1600 Peachtree St. through November 16. The artist will be giving a talk on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m.

    In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the death of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner, Pierre Gonnord was invited to conduct a three-month residency in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Gonnord’s exploration of this region led him to homeless shelters, churches, poor and wealthy neighborhoods, important stomping grounds of the Civil Rights Movement, and on into the more rural communities and habitations little known and hardly remembered. Through the faces and landscapes encountered, “Portraying the South” captures an astonishing glimpse into the soul of the Deep South, offering a timeless, unclassifiable, explosive and riveting portrayal of the American Southeast.

    Born in France, self-taught photographer Pierre Gonnord lives and works in Madrid, Spain. His work focuses primarily on the portraitures of marginalized individuals, including Gypsies, punks and immigrants from Eastern Europe. He has presented several solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions around Europe, and his works are present in the collections of University Salamanca, Spain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris and many others. In 2011, Gonnord’s work was included in the exhibition, Real Venice as a part of the 54th Venice Biennale.

    “Exhibition and Public Lecture by Pierre Gonnord: Portraying the South” is presented within the framework of France-Atlanta 2012: a series of events centered on innovation in the scientific, business, cultural and humanitarian domains which aim at breathing new life in the cooperation between France and the Southern US.

    Co-presented by the Consulate General of France in Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology, France-Atlanta 2012 is presented under the high auspices of the Ambassador of France to the U.S.A., the Governor of Georgia and the Mayor of Atlanta. This particular event is presented in partnership with SCAD and in conjunction with ACP. To learn more about the program s of “France-Atlanta 2012,” please visit http://www.france-atlanta.org.

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