East Tennessee State University’s Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries, in partnership with ETSU’s Student Activities Awards Committee, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Curriculum of Black American Studies, present “The Yellow Book” by Johanna Warwick, a collection of photographic works available at Slocumb Galleries until February 18. Warwick will give a talk at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 24 on Zoom.
“The Yellow Book” features two series of photographic works, “Interstate Legacy” and “Old South Baton Rouge”. Warwick used this book, a yellow-cover publication that lists the locations of interstate highways in the 1950s, as a framework for photographing cities, revealing the consequences and results of interstate construction, organizers said.
What sets the two series apart from just a freeway documentary, organizers said, is that Warwick sees through the lens of how “the overwhelming number of the proposed location of the new road network traverses thriving black communities”. As the project was created in the 1950s, Warwick said that “it directly reflects systemic racism in urban planning”, as she photographs the “physics of the freeway overshadowing communities”.
“The Yellow Book” exhibition aims to “make recordings that weave connections between past decisions and current consequences, as these photographs are a keen look into the past as Congress drafts the infrastructure bill for guide the state government today,” organizers said. Warwick’s work studies a survey of the 104 affected cities nationwide, 66 years after it was launched. She hopes to “define the next generation of infrastructure building as our country reckon with systemic racism,” according to organizers.
Warwick graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with an MFA in Photography in 2010 and Ryerson University with a BA in Photography in 2006. She is a British-born, Canadian-raised photographer who works and lives in Baton Rouge. , Louisiana, where she is an associate professor of art and photography at Louisiana State University. She has exhibited in New York, Toronto and other major North American cities. She was also featured in the Washington Post. She had a major exhibit of “The Yellow Book: Old South Baton Rouge” at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
All events are free and open to the public and will be streamed live via Facebook ETSU Slocumb Galleries (facebook.com/slocumb.galleries) and Zoom. Slocumb Galleries are located on the ETSU campus at 232 Sherrod Drive. It is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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