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The Living Dune

UNC-Chapel Hill alumni Ben Alper and Peter Hoffman have created an exhibit featuring photography from Jockey’s Ridge in Nag’s Head.

“Jockey’s Ridge in Nag’s Head has changed in shape over thousands of years and continues to move incrementally southward to this day, threatening nearby homes and roads. There have been large scale and costly attempts to stem this natural process, which highlights the often fraught relationship between human behavior and the “natural”environment. Read the full artist statement below.

The 140 West Franklin St. space is powered by Arts Everywhere, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.


February 21 – March 22
Thursdays – Fridays // 4-7 PM
Saturdays – Sundays // 12-6 PM

There will be a special opening reception on Friday, Feb. 20 from 6-8 PM! 


A message from the artists Ben Alper and Peter Hoffman:

In photographing Jockey’s Ridge, we’ve sought to heighten the camera’s predisposition toward distortion, as a means of addressing the kind of intervention present (albeit invisibly) at the site.

Whether that manifests through artificial or colored light, spatial confusion, abstraction, performative gestures that we enact, or the literal or metaphorical depiction of others, the resulting images foreground photographic decisions that ultimately implicate a human presence in this fragile landscape.

Taken together, the photographs that make up this show constitute a very different portrait of this pseudo-natural environment – one that is at once surreal, unfamiliar, but ultimately still beautiful.

This exhibit is made possible by:

Arts Everywhere          Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership

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