New MississippiS: Some situated stories on contemporary ecologies

Photo: Bonnet Carré Spillway near Norco, Louisiana (Duncan Evennou, 2019)

In these times of planetary troubles, works of art and artistic archives can help us to tell historically situated and pluralized stories about contemporary ecological issues. Using the Southern part of the Mississippi River as an emblem of the markers of environmental problems, the project New MississippiS addresses the intersection between exploitation, ecologies, and people in two locales in the American South. This project is a digital and artistic reading of multiple museums’ archives and collections. It is placed in dialogue with the outdoor installation Landscape Symphonies and the gallery exhibition From Black Spring to the Eternal presented at the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum.

In this multi-sited project, ecologies is examined in terms of its literal and symbolic meanings. The specific materials utilized include: recordings of an international cultural institution’s project along the River; archives of a local historical museum in Mississippi; relevant readings of the Southern writers William Faulkner, Margaret Walker, and Richard Wright; and selected works from collections at historically black institutions in Georgia and Mississippi.

This event is organized by the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center, Augusta University and the Lighthouse Company with the support of the Atlanta Office of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States and FACE Contemporary Theater.

Date & Time: November 5 (TBC)
Online public workshops : Spring 2021

Registration: Stay tuned for the registration link

Contributors and Moderators :

  • Maurita N. Poole, Director and Curator of Clark Atlanta University’s Art Museum
  • Matters team:
    • Duncan Evennou, theater actor and maker who uses research material for contemporary performances
    • Clémence Hallé, writer and researcher of contemporary ecology who studies the emergence of geology’s Anthropocene hypothesis in the world of the arts
    • Benoît Verjat, researcher and designer who studies research-creation collaborations as well as elaborates tools to facilitate such processes.

Video :

During France-Atlanta 2019, Clémence Hallé and Duncan Evennou discussed their project (NB. start at 5m03)

Additional Information :

Images: Mississippi riverbanks near Narco, Louisiana by Duncan Evennou ; Arthur Britt, Poverty Toy Chest. Clark Atlanta University Art Collection