Megan G. King is currently based out of Johnson City, Tennessee where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a BFA in Studio Art from East Tennessee State University. Megan’s series, Hispanic Appalachia, has been featured in several publications including Oxford American’s: Eyes On The South, The Daily Mail, and NPR’s Code Switch.
Between the years 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population of Tennessee increased by 134%, making it the third highest growth rate of this cultural group in the country. These photographs focus on Latino culture in the changing social landscape of Southern Appalachia. By photographing businesses, people, churches, homes, and other aspects of the community, I am attempting to show the importance of emerging diversity in this historically conservative region of the United States. In the photographs Hispanic culture is represented by vibrant colors, food, clothes, and often decorations. These qualities create a visual juxtaposition to this region’s cultural heritage; however, it is important to see that the Hispanic and Appalachian cultures can blend in a nearly indiscernible manner.
To view more of Megan’s work please visit her website.