Cavaliers of Nowhere: Photographs by Tammy Mercure and Dawn Roe

Opening Reception First Thursday, September 4 from 6-8 p.m.
September 5, 2014 – January 18, 2015
United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

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This two-person exhibition connects contemporary photographers Tammy Mercure of Nasheville, Tennessee and Dawn Roe of Asheville, North Carolina. Mercure has been photographing the louder people and places of the Southeast since 2008 in her series entitled Cavaliers I & II. She consistently captures a wayward vision of Appalachia in up-close portraits of low-culture, regional provincialism, and burning recklessness. In quieter places, Roe’s landscapes document overgrown outdoor spaces in her series This is Nowhere. The swarms of kudzu, fallen branches, and unpopulated locales deliver a haunting sense of isolation and abandonment that echoes throughout the Appalachian Mountains.  Through these ongoing photographic projects by Mercure and Roe, this exhibition examines the distinct social and physical realities of rural Appalachia.

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