This photograph, “Session Four: Thundersnow Road” from the “Thundersnow Road" series is an immersive project in which Xaviera Simmons traveled across North Carolina, from coast to mountains, shooting photographs in both rural and urban environments that reinterpret the cultural and physical landscape.

Simmons inserted herself into the settings as anonymous subjects, traveling musicians that appear in the landscape, excavated from the history of the location. Her fictional characters conjure the lore of the landscape and blur the lines of the imaginative and the real to explore the significance of place, music and storytelling in the South.


  • Title: Session Four: Thundersnow Road
  • Creator: Xaviera Simmons
  • Creator Birth Place: New York, New York
  • Date Created: 2010
  • Location: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Physical Dimensions: 40 1/8 x 50 inches (101.9 x 127 cm)
  • Type: Photograph
  • Publisher: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Rights: © Xaviera Simmons
  • Medium: Chromogenic print, edition 1/3
  • Art Form: Photography
  • Credit Line: Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, with support from Duke University’s Council for the Arts. Image courtesy of the artist and David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach.

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