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Exhibition: Everything Is Going To Be All Right
12/04/15, 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Exhibition: Nov 6-Dec 11, 2015
Reception: Dec. 4th 5-8 p.m.
“All these years I have been assuming that between us words mean roughly the same thing, that among certain people, gentlefolk I don’t mind calling them, there exists a set of meanings held in common.”
– Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
In the exhibition “Everything is Going to Be All Right”, Ragland employs both traditionally made black and white photographs and digitally sourced appropriated imagery to produce a meditation on Percy’s The Moviegoer that dissolves boundaries of space, place, and time yet maintains a consistent emotional sensibility. The result is a body of work that has deep historical connections yet simultaneously addresses the plural meaning of symbols, personal allegories, and the contemporary conditions of isolation, alienation, and malaise.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Jared Ragland attended LaGrange College in Georgia before pursuing his MFA in Photography at Tulane University in Louisiana. After eight years of living in Washington, D.C., where he served as Photo Editor for the White House under both the Bush and Obama presidencies, Ragland returned home to Birmingham. He is currently the Visual Media and Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also teaches photography. His work has been exhibited internationally and recently featured in the Oxford American’s Eyes on the South, The New York Times Lens Blog and TIME Magazine’s “Instagram Photographers to Follow in All 50 States.” Ragland’s upcoming monograph, Everything Is Going To Be All Right, will be published by Communicating Vessels in 2016.