• I am here to introduce a city • To tell you about how artists contribute to culture in response to context –and in this case community rebuilding and healing. • Visual artists help define this unique American city to itself. • In New Orleans one has to live with ambiguities: everything is broken YET NOLA is in a period of Artistic Renaissance.
Haiti Will be Reborn Frantz Zéphirin, 41, sold his first paintings to cruise ship tourists at the age of 8 and is now a hougan ? a voodoo priest ? who lives in a temple on a hill near Port-au-Prince. Minutes before the earthquake he left one of the city’s bars, ignoring his friends’ entreaties that he stay. He survived. His eight friends died, as did his stepmother and five cousins. This was the first painting he did after the tremblement de terre. It shows the hands of the dead rising from a sea of blood, but they are clutching signs. &quot;Haiti will [be] reborn&quot;, says one. The voodoo spirits have gathered to survey the scene. &quot;They are good spirits . . . they want to build a new nation,&quot; Zéphirin says.
Port Au Prince engulfed Préfète Duffaut, 86, is one of Haiti’s most celebrated artists. His home was destroyed and he now lives under a tarpaulin next to the ruins. He began this painting five days before the earthquake because he had a premonition of disaster. The message seems clear: the survivors are the faithful who are clustered around a cross and a cathedral, and can climb to safety. The Virgin Mary surveys the city from a hilltop. She features in most of Duffaut’s works as, he says, she appeared in a vision when he was young and told him to start painting. Prefete Duffaut http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/visual_arts/article7074446.ece?slideshowPopup=true&articleId=7074446&nSlide=5&sectionName=VisualArts
Born out of a shady land deal in 1718, it is a mixture of Creole, African, French, British, Irish, and Italian. Many flags have flown over the city.
• NOLA has been so over-photographed that it is hard to take a fresh image. images have an interesting relationship to memory photos like these, guide, re-shape and compound personal memory. • Understanding the city, whether as a resident or tourist is a very complicated task.
• Faulkner likened the city to an aging courtesan that demands allegiances, not to what is novel, but what is old, aged, peeling, rotting or weathered.
• New Orleans of my childhood had 87 distinct neighborhoods, some even thought sub-dialects!
• New Orleans is a construction of living memory and the people who have always lived here, as Codrescu believes, souls who never leave.
A metaphor for the city is JAMBALAYA – a mixture of varied ingredients coming together for a good stew,
We experience place, home, a city, particularly places that we are closest to, with our whole being––eye, mind, body, memory, imagination, spirit, dreams–– come together to create psychological spaces within civic space.
• then the possibility of the erasure all of those memories and perceptions
• imagine riding in a German sports car 240 km
1836 people were killed total 1600 in NOLA
- .3 million people left within 48 hours, 18 hours on the highway
• We watch disconnectedly… perhaps throw some donations into charity, perhaps…after a while, we change channels.
• Americans, through media images were ask to consider fundamental issues of democracy, racism, care.
• America was forced to ponder: What if I lost everything I own? Who would save me? Who cares about me? What is really important? What am I connected to? And the macro ---does homeland security mean anything?
80% of the city was flooded
Butch Merigoni – Sunrise 24 hour boxing match as sole contender.
• This place is old, fragile, and as eccentric and worn as an 19c absinthe addicted cousin, the connections to that place grow more complicated as choices as made as to what and how renovations are made.
Fear of Water: New Orleans’ Culture Post-Katrina Lecture to TAIK Aalto University of Art and Design, Helsinki Dr. Lori Kent Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow Special Thanks to New Orleans’ artists Jan Gilbert, Lori McWhorter, Mark Bercier and Malcolm McClay Music: Jessie Mae Hemphill
<ul><li>As an artist dividing my time between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, I found it impossible not to respond to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. I began by creating a series of satirical drawings titled Post-Katrina Architecture that envisioned New Orleans without levee protection. This was followed by a series of linoleum prints of devastated homes from the Lower 9th Ward. I completed a video titled The Long Corridor, which documented the flooded interiors of Lower 9th Ward homes. I have been photographing Post-Katrina New Orleans since the storm and continue to do so. This new work is a departure from my large installations but continues to address issues of human rights and social justice. Katrina brought these issues to my doorstep. I still believe as artists we are not observers of culture but participants and in all of my work I strive to raise political awareness and affect change. </li></ul>
The Home Repo Project Jones, Rinehart, Sciortino + Braxton
<ul><li>Web Resources </li></ul><ul><li>(The Blanton Museum has put together a great list of websites for Katrina-related projects for their exhibit In Katrina's Wake. See below) </li></ul><ul><li>Artists' Projects featured in WorkSpace: In Katrina's Wake : </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nationalphilistine.com/nola/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>(Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, Paul Chan, 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.floodwall.org </li></ul><ul><li>(Floodwall, Jana Napoli and Rondell Crier, 2005–present) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.thevestigesproject.org/web </li></ul><ul><li>(The VESTIGES Project/New Orleans Memory Project, Jan Gilbert, 1984–present) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ashecac.org </li></ul><ul><li>(Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Carol Bebelle and Douglas Redd, 1998–present) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.transformaprojects.org </li></ul><ul><li>Further, recommended browsing: </li></ul><ul><li>Stories, archives, and other projects: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.hurricanearchive.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.doyouknowwhatitmeans.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.soros.org/resources/multimedia/katrina/fellows </li></ul><ul><li>http://socialdress-neworleans.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://artinaction-nola.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.astudiointhewoods.org/residency_past.htm </li></ul>Planning and architecture proposals: http://www.project-neworleans.org http://tulaneurbanbuild.com http://unifiedneworleansplan.com/home3 http://www.architectureforhumanity.org/programs/katrina/katrina.htm Local NOLA Resources: Government: http://www.cityofno.com/portal.aspx?portal=1 http://www.nolarecovery.com http://unifiedneworleansplan.com/home3 Media: http://www.nola.com http://humidhaney.typepad.com Rebuilding community, home, and artistic practice: http://www.npnnola.com http://www.louisianarebuilds.info http://www.astudiointhewoods.org/residency_restoration.htm http://www.architectureforhumanity.org/programs/katrina/katrina.htm