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Sally Mann and Bill T. Jones

Made in conjunction with the exhibition Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, this six-minute film documents a two-day-long encounter between Sally Mann and choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones. She has long admired his work, recognizing a shared interest in confronting difficult history through art. In late 2017, Mann invited Jones to her farm just outside Lexington, Virginia, where she photographed him. They discussed these pictures, her photographs of African American men, and the complex legacy of slavery in the South. Jones responded to these pictures and their conversation in a dance he performed on a nearby hillside. Made possible by Heather and Jim Johnson and Neil and Sayra Meyerhoff