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Dan Smith: A Mess of Feesh 

When: March 22-April 2 2016



While pursuing a graduate degree in experimental and documentary arts at Duke, Dan Smith spent thirteen months working alongside Eddie Willis, a fourth-generation fisherman in the Outer Banks enclave called Harkers Island, and his wife, Alison Willis, a member of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission. Smith's photos and videos of the experience compose his Carrack installation, A Mess of Feesh, part of an ongoing exploration of North Carolina's seafood industry and its relation to both local culture—particularly for people so isolated from nearby landlubbers they have their own dialect—and the tumultuous global economy. "Since before there was a North Carolina, generations have lived off the waters of the Core Sound," Smith writes. "Now, awash in globalized seafood, amidst shifting political and economic landscapes, fishermen with one foot in the past are charting a new course for their future." After this opening reception, you can trawl the depths of this complex seascape through April 2. —Brian Howe

THE CARRACK MODERN ART, DURHAM 6–8 p.m., free, www.thecarrack.org


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