“Mississippi Heard,” multi-media project by Hanna Miller, C’13, comes to University Art Gallery

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The University Art Gallery presents Mississippi Heard, a cross-cultural multi-media project by Hanna Miller, C’13, Katya Korableva, and Stephen Barton, curated by Greg Gandy. Two seemingly unrelated cultures are brought together in images, text, and sound gathered during a 30-day train ride across Russia and a 6-week walk across Mississippi. Mississippi Heard shuttles between the familiar and the foreign, the individual and the political, to draw attention to the similarities between these distinct places, and to prompt visitors to reconsider their perceptions of people and places near and far. The exhibition will be on view in the University Art Gallery from Jan. 12- 31.

The artists and curator will speak about their work at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, in Convocation Hall. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

With a Fulbright grant to Russia, writer, filmmaker and audio creator Hanna Miller, C’13, turned a year abroad into a two-year journey discovering how her two homes—Mississippi and Russia—intersect. Miller rode the train across Russia with American colleague and photographer Stephen Barton, collecting interviews about how Russians define and understand themselves. On her return to the United States, Miller was inspired to undertake a journey walking across her home state of Mississippi with Russian colleague and photographer Katya Korableva, offering a platform for Mississippians to tell their own stories. Miller is currently a student in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, photographer, writer, and audio creator Katya Korableva holds a dual bachelor’s degree with honors in literature from St. Petersburg University in Russia and the Bard-Smolny program in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and was the Russian House director for the University of the South. During her time in Sewanee, Korableva noticed striking similarities between Russia and the South, and continues to be fascinated by the similarities between Russian and Southern literature. Katya now teaches English as a second language in Saint Petersburg. (Photo, above: Okolona, Katya Korableva, October 2014, provided courtesy of the artist)

Path through trees in winterStephen Barton is a self-taught photographer from Southbury, Connecticut. He bought his first DSLR camera as a sophomore at Syracuse University, where he studied international relations; economics; and Russian language, literature, and culture. Barton is interested in exploring national and regional differences. With his camera always in hand, he has traveled by train across Russia and Central Europe, bicycled across the U.S., and driven and flown across Spain and India. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works as a speechwriter. (Photo, left: Early Winter, Stephen Barton, January 2014, provided courtesy of the artist)

Community organizer, creative director, curator, and painter Greg Gandy lives in Jackson, Mississippi. He has given lectures on social problem-solving at Tulane University, cultural cross-fertilization at the University of Southern Mississippi Honors College, and street art at Millsaps College and Jackson State University. Gandy has spent the past decade organizing and mobilizing artists and creatives in Mississippi, and is the founder of Mississippi Modern, Inc., an organization dedicated to empowering and facilitating the art, artists, and cultural dialogue rooted in Mississippi.

Sewanee’s University Art Gallery is located on Georgia Avenue on the campus of the University of the South. The gallery is free, accessible, and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.