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Photographs by CDS Faculty On View at UNC–Chapel Hill

Photographs featured in "Border Odyssey" by Charles Thompson.

Photographs from “Rostros del Tiempo” by Charles Thompson.

Two upcoming events on the UNC–Chapel Hill campus, free and open to the public, will feature work by CDS faculty members Charlie Thompson and Christopher Sims, respectively:

Rostros del Tiempo: Faces of Time
Reception with Live Music
Thursday, September 10, 5:30 p.m.
UNC–Chapel Hill, Center for the Study of the American South

410 East Franklin St., Chapel Hill, North Carolina

A reception with live Latin American music celebrates a photography collection by Duke professor and CDS faculty member Charles (Charlie) D. Thompson, Jr. Rostros del Tiempo: Faces of Time depicts former Braceros—literally “strong arms,” Mexican workers (or their widows)—who once worked in U.S. fields, harvesting crops and providing food for American consumers from 1942 to 1964. The ex-Braceros gather every week in the central plaza of Ciudad Juárez to peacefully demand payment of retirement benefits deducted from their pay decades ago. The portraits are a result of Thompson’ larger project documenting life in cities along the U.S./Mexico border, the subject of his new book, Border Odyssey. Learn more about the Braceros in a short film on the Border Odyssey project’s website. More information on the event can be found here.

Diving platform, Naval Station, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. 2006. From Guantánamo Bay. 11” x 16.5” archival pigment print. Courtesy of Ann Stewart Fine Art, Chapel Hill, NC.

Diving platform, Naval Station, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. 2006. From Guantánamo Bay. 11” x 16.5” archival pigment print. Courtesy of Ann Stewart Fine Art, Chapel Hill, NC.

Guantánamo Bay and The Library at Camp Delta
Reception and Artist’s Talk

Wednesday, September 30, 5 p.m. 

UNC–Chapel Hill, Davis Library
208 Raleigh St., Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Two exhibits by CDS director of undergraduate education, documentary photographer Christopher Sims, will be on view on UNC–Chapel Hill’s campus from September 30, 2015, into early 2016. Both are the result of Sims’ work at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, where military restrictions make it impractical to photograph people. One set of photographs is about the built environment on and around the camp generally (read Sims’ Guantánamo Bay project statement), and the other is specifically about the prisoners’ library, which houses some eighteen thousand volumes in more than a dozen languages. “The library reminds us that the prisoners in Camp Delta are more than the details about their backgrounds that have appeared—redacted—in reports about judicial hearings at the base,” writes Sims. “They have hours every day that need to be filled by some balance of study, prayer, diversion, and contemplation. And the prisoners, like us, are readers.”

At the September 30 event, a reception and exhibit viewing event on the first floor gallery of Davis Library at 5 p.m. will be followed by an artist’s talk at the second floor research hub at 5:45 p.m. 

Sims’ exhibitions are organized by Ann Stewart Fine Art, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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