Truth Out: New Orleans Remembers and Resist

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ECOHYBRIDITY performers march into position as prison resistance video is projected across the walls of the Orleans Parish Prison, the jail in New Orleans that became infamous for human rights abuses after Katrina.
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“What does disaster capitalism look like on black women’s bodies?” [Barrow] wanted to know. To find out, she gathered a group of roughly 15 black feminists who realized a five movement black opera called Ecohybridity throughout the weekend of August 29, 2015. Some movements were in traditional performance spaces, while others commented on particular events or dynamics in the urban landscape by being performed in site-specific locations.
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“S. Mandisa Moore-O’Neal, a New Orleans native and an “Echohybridity” writer and performer: “Right now is such a tender time for so many of us in the Gulf who have roots and history in this place,” she says. “As a local black feminist, rebuilding and resistance looks like rendering ourselves visible over these last 10 years and well before. [It means] telling the complex stories of black women and girls—trans and not-trans, of course—on our terms, in our voices.”
The production, directed by Gallery of the Streets founder and artistic director Kai Barrow, marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; and through performance, visual art, and site-specific installations, looks at issues connected to disaster capitalism, spatial inequities, the prison industrial complex, and privatization from a Black feminist lens.