Brandon Thibodeaux: When Morning Comes

Newspace Board Exhibition

 

On Display: June 7 – June 30
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7 | 6-9pm
Free Lecture with Brandon Thibodeaux: Saturday, June 8 | 1-2pm

Newspace Center for Photography is pleased to announce the exhibitions When Morning Comes by Dallas photographer Brandon Thibodeaux in our Main Gallery and a group exhibition from our Board of Directors in our Special Exhibitions Gallery.

MAIN GALLERY Brandon Thibodeaux’s series, When Morning Comes is a reflection of life in the Mississippi Delta. Thibodeaux first visited and photographed the area in the summer of 2009 while on a journey to deal with his own personal issues and find a sense of place. He sought peace through attending church, listening, and praying for a revelation. Over the course of multiple return trips and three years he witnessed “signs of strength against struggle, humility against pride and a promise for deliverance” in the lives of those who live in a land stigmatized by poverty beneath a long shadow of racism. Thibodeaux photographed in five communities with names like Alligator and Bo Bo as well as the country’s oldest completely African American city, Mound Bayou.

Of his experience, Thibodeaux writes:

“In what began as a journey for personal exploration is found a narrative of another man’s faith, identity, and perseverance. I see the strength of a single man while acknowledging the machine that replaced thousands, the flight of childhood innocence grounded by the scar of life hard lived, a living room altar to a symbolic president and a toppled white king in a conquered game of chess.

While this work makes specific reference to the rural black experience, I am reminded with every visit that these themes of faith, identity, and perseverance are common to us all. These are the traits of strong men. And maybe that is the lesson I was looking for all along.”

Brandon Thibodeaux (b. 1981) is a photographer based in Dallas, Texas, who creates portraits in the documentary tradition. In addition to his assignment work and creative commissions, he explores life in the American south.

He is a member of the photography collective MJR, based in New York City.  In 2012 he received the PhotoNOLA Review Prize, Magenta Foundation Flash Forward award, and the Review Santa Fe Center Award.  His Clients include Forbes, LA Times, Newsweek and the New York Times among others.

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS GALLERY Newspace is pleased to share work from members of our talented board of directors, without whom Newspace could not exist. The Newspace Board Exhibition presents work from members of this dedicated group, highlighting pieces from their respective bodies of work.

 

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10am-9:30pm
Friday – Sunday: 10am-6pm (First Fridays 6-9pm)

 

Thank you to the Kinsman Foundation for your ongoing support of the Newpsace Gallery.