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Exhibit: “South Side” by Jon Lowenstein

October 29, 2015 @ 8:00 am - February 27, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Photographs and writings from Jon Lowenstein’s 2014 Lange-Taylor prizewinning project, “South Side.”

With his South Side project, which combines Lowenstein’s photographs, moving images [see “A Violent Thread”], personal narrative writing and poetry, oral histories, and found ephemera, Lowenstein examines “the legacy of segregation, the impact of vast wealth inequality, and how de-industrialization and globalization play out on the ground in Chicago. . . . I have witnessed and documented the systematic and ongoing de-construction and undermining of communities and the ensuing fight to maintain a semblance of order while those neighborhoods crumble in front of our eyes.” As a white man in a predominantly black neighborhood whose presence and identity is often questioned, he says, Lowenstein has also been trying to find his own place in the story of a community that “so many people ‘like me’ had long since abandoned . . . . It’s one thing to work in the area and return to a more wealthy area at night. It’s another thing to ‘buy’ into the community.”

With the award, Lowenstein will continue his fieldwork, which includes geo-tagging and mapping his photographs with Instagram (follow him @jonlowenstein), and plans to publish a book of his South Sideimages and writing, as well as continue to make short experimental films, in hopes of “weaving together the disparate strands” of the project to “shed light on where we are at not only in Chicago but in the United States at this vital moment in our nation’s history.”


October 29, 2015 @ 8:00 am
February 27, 2016 @ 5:00 pm


Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W Pettigrew St
Durham, NC 27705 United States
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