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Virginia Intermont exhibit investigates slavery's legacy of injustice, inequity

February 23rd, 2013 6:10 pm by staff report

The work of esteemed Australian photographer Annie Hogan is on display in Virginia Intermont College’s Fine Arts Center through March 7.


Titled “Inseparable,” her exhibit investigates slavery’s legacy of injustice and inequity.


“One’s race and bloodline were important markers for the continuation and perpetration of this system of imbalance oft called in the North that ‘Peculiar Institution,’” Hogan said. “As an outsider to the U.S., I question what lies beneath the grandeur and elegance of the plantation house, which is a powerful architectural and social symbol in the South.”


In her study of plantation homes, Hogan looks at both the main house and the buildings and slave cabins on the grounds that surround it. The exhibit includes “one scene from both the grand ‘Georgian’ house and one from the simple slave cabin as these abodes are inextricably linked in terms of family and heritage.”


Born in Perth, Western Australia, Hogan lived for many years in Brisbane, Queensland. She now resides in New Jersey and teaches in the photography program at the Mason Gross School of the Visual Arts at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


Hogan holds a master of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she taught before becoming an assistant professor and area coordinator of photography in 2006 at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.


Prior to living in the United States, Hogan earned her bachelor’s degree in photography and first class honors in fine art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane.


For more information, visit www.vic.edu.

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