A South in Every North

Diego Camposeco’s Utopian Vision

Quince, Durham, North Carolina, 2015, by Diego Camposeco.

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A South in Every North

Diego Camposeco’s Utopian Vision

by Diego Camposeco, Jeff Whetstone
Southern Cultures, Vol. 26, No. 2: Art & Vision

“The quinceañera is smiling, framed in the center, a standard sort of portrait for the occasion, but she is pointedly out-of-context.”

“There is a South in every North,”I wrote Diego Camposeco, whose brilliant career as an artist and filmmaker was cut short by his death in 2019. His art and writing distill elements of the Global South from within the American South. His multilayered and conceptual artwork runs deep with theory but is never opaque. His videos and photographs are visually generous, marked by explosive colors and lyrical forms, underpinned by his broad and deep knowledge of history and philosophy.1

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