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Louisiana Trail Riders Exhibit
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6/21/2018 to 9/22/2018
When: Thursday, June 21, 2018
Where: Center for Documentary Studies
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina 
United States

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“While riding my motorcycle in rural Louisiana, I encountered a large group of people riding horseback,” writes photographer Jeremiah Ariaz. “They commanded the road, and I pulled over for them to pass. . . . A gentleman near the end of the procession waved, encouraging me to join. So began my ride with the African American trail-riding clubs.”

Since 2014, Ariaz has been photographing various southwest Louisiana clubs’ weekend trail rides—the Crescent City Cowboys, Desperados, Buffalo Soldiers, and The Stepping In Style Riding Club, among other groups. Louisiana Trail Riders features selections from this body of work about the distinctive, little-known subculture that upends not only historic and pop-culture representations of cowboys as “gruff, serious, white, and situated in the West,” but also the media’s “prevailing contemporary images of difference and despair in black America.”


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