Local artists to confront Black displacement and border-crossing
through roving performance, visual art, and site-specific installations
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With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaching, Gallery of the Streets, an interdisciplinary arts company that focuses on social justice issues, is turning to social media to raise $25,000 for their first production, ECOHYBRIDITY: LOVE SONG FOR NOLA, a visual [black] opera in 5 movements.
ECOHYBRIDITY is a collaborative production with New Orleans-based artists and organizers. The visual opera, a term coined by Gallery of the Streets founder and Artistic Director, Kai Barrow, features roving performances and site-specific installations marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, The plot follows a group of nomadic “SONGBIRDS” as they journey to recover, reclaim, and recreate home.
“The 10th anniversary of Katrina offers an opportunity to look at our current national and international responses to anti-Black violence,” says Barrow. “The storm and its aftermath—including spatial inequity, the tightening of the prison industrial complex, corporate development, and privatization have violent repercussions on the lives of Black New Orleanians.We hope the opera will provoke a dialogue about who we are and what we’re becoming.”
The large-scale production draws on the vision, memory, and skills of New Orleans-based Black feminist artists and organizers—many of whom survived Katrina—to design the creative content of ECOHYBRIDITY. The company is also partnering with New Orleans-based social justice and arts organizations as well as regional, national, and international groups to participate in the upcoming anniversary.
According to Shana Griffin, a contributing artist with the project, “Funding is one of the first major obstacles to getting any artistic production off the ground and current economic conditions don’t make the job any easier. In this historic moment, the strength of a grassroots mobilization makes all the difference.”
ECOHYBRIDITY will be free and open to the public from August 28-September 1, 2015 and staged in accessible public and private locations around the city.
To donate to ECOHYBRIDITY’s Indiegogo click here!