THE TALLAHATCHIE BRIDGE
First exhibition at Makeriet in Malmö, June/July 2012
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THE TALLAHATCHIE BRIDGE & THE TALLAHATCHIE BRIDGE BOOK.
Second exhibition and book release for The Tallahatchie Bridge book at Galleri Ping Pong in Malmö, April 2017

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"It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day..."
So begins the song Ode to Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry.

A story about life on and around a farm in Mississippi in the 60's.

Banal stories about daily life are interwoven with
a strange and somewhat eerie event at the Tallahatchie Bridge.
Someone jumped off the bridge. It is said that Billie Joe MacAllister
killed himself by jumping off the bridge.
Or maybe someone threw someone off the bridge.

"... he saw a girl that looked a lot like you
up on Choctaw Ridge
And she and Billie Joe was throwing
somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge..."

In just over four minutes, we get to follow the family and events
around the river but the song never reveals what or who falls into
the muddy waters of the Tallahatchie River.

Ode to Billie Joe became a number-one hit in the United States in 1967.
After that Bobbie Gentry released a whole range of albums.
She retired in the early 1980’s.
Today, few people know anything about what she does or where she lives.

In the autumn of 1967 Life Magazine published an interview with
Bobbie Gentry, who grew up in Mississippi. In the interview she points out
a bridge in Northwest Mississippi that reminds her of the bridge in the song.
"This is what I had in mind", she said.

In October 2011, I went to Mississippi to find that bridge.
The Tallahatchie Bridge.