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Jerry Siegel

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

Being a Southerner isn't just about where you live; it's about who you are and how a region has shaped your whole being. I was born and raised in Selma, Alabama where Martin Luther King made his famous march that led to the passing of the National Voting Act of 1965. Selma has endured: through economic depression, Civil Rights, soil depletion and continued discrimination and segregation. I have been documenting Selma and the surrounding area for over 20 years, with a renewed focus on its people. I am resolved to engage with the people, to understand how they are navigating the changing socioeconomic and political climate. I have seen and experienced up close, that even with such an adverse base, a little communication can lead to finding common ground and moving forward to a better understanding of one another, and a better, more harmonious existence for all.

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