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SouthTalks: Nadia Alexis presents 'What Endures'

Lectures: The artwork of Nadia Alexis: photographer, poet, and creative-writing-concentration doctoral student at UM.


On Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in Barnard Observatory’s Gammill Gallery, Nadia Alexis presents “What Endures.”  The artwork of Nadia Alexis—photographer, poet, and creative-writing-concentration doctoral student at the University of Mississippi—will be shown in the Gammill Gallery in Barnard Observatory this spring. The photographs in her series “What Endures” focus on the enduring spirit of Black women and contribute to the conversation on how Black women exist in photography.

The photographs in this series began as an independent study course that Alexis took in the UM Department of Art and Art History, where she was inspired to make photographs informed by her personal experiences and those of other Black women survivors of trauma. The images in her exhibi­tion are of Alexis and her mother, all of which were taken outdoors in Oxford. The images explore themes of survival, freedom, and transcendence. 

“What Endures” will exhibit in Gammill Gallery from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18. During this Gamill Gallery walk and reception, Alexis will speak briefly about her exhibition and take questions.

SouthTalks is a series of events (including lectures, performances, film screenings, and panel discussions) that explores the interdisciplinary nature of Southern Studies. This series is free and open to the public, and typically takes place in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory. However, as a result of the ongoing health crisis, some events will be virtual, free, and accessible on the Center’s YouTube channel after each live event. Visit for more details.

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