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The 2020/2021 SlowExposures Festival
Celebrating Photography of the Rural South
September 16-19, 2021

CONCORD - The 18th annual photography festival, SlowExposures will be held September 16 -19th in Pike County, Georgia. Pike County is located only one hour south of Atlanta, but a slower pace can still be found there. The show’s theme this year is “2021: We’re Back!”

“We can't wait to greet photographers and photography lovers from our community and all over the country who come to Pike County and the SlowExposures experience," said Chris Curry, co-chair of the SlowExposures team. “2021 marks the 18th edition of SlowExposures, with over 12 exhibitions that celebrate the beauty, the complexity, and the contradictions of the rural American South. Through the course of the show, visitors take home memories, genuine experiences, inspiration, and, maybe, challenges to long-held assumptions of what constitutes this region,” Curry said.

A complete description of the shows, presentations, and events during the weekend can be found at www.slowexposures.org.

This year, the volunteer organizers have established safety protocols to keep showgoers as safe as possible. All visitors and show participants will see these precautions posted at every event’s entry: “Masks will be required at all inside events (including the PopUp and Satellite shows) except when eating meals or drinking. We ask that everyone be courteous of other's personal space. Whenever possible, our receptions and dinners will be staged outside, pending weather conditions. Seating for presentations in Strickland's will be set up to allow for sufficient social distancing. We appreciate your cooperation with these precautions--let's all make our contribution to make it safe for everyone to enjoy SlowExposures and get home healthy!”

The exhibitions are displayed in late nineteenth century buildings in Pike with the main juried show featured at the R.F Strickland community Center located on Main Street in Concord. As visitors “check in” at the show, they will receive a map of the county with all the satellite shows listed, all staged in nontraditional venues in and around the Courthouse Square in Zebulon.

Show goers will collect a unique stamp in their “PopUp Passport” at each location to exchange for tickets to participate in the PopUp Raffle at the Saturday Supper. A winning ticket will entitle the bearer to one of the photographs donated by participating artists. Other events during the weekend will include the Grand Opening Celebration at 5:00 on Friday, a fireside chat with photographer and author Andrew Feiler on his Rosenwald School project, the Sunday Jurors Talk, and a special Photo Book Roundtable. Photographers ages 17 and younger will present their work in a special exhibit with a reception sponsored by the Pike County Arts Council to close the show.

“We're planning a great reunion, and we look forward to sharing the "SlowExposures" experience with everyone,” Curry said.

Submitted 9.6.21