Sunday, August 13, 2006

Faces of Katrina exhibit, Shreveport's Artspace, designed by author-moviemaker William Joyce; reception Fri, Aug 25, 7 pm

Gigantic photo murals - faces, maps, newspaper pages, aerial views - are soon to be added to the new walls built this week at Artspace, 710 Texas St. The warren of exhibit walls and mural-like portraits of Katrina evacuees were designed by moviemaker/author/illustrator William Joyce.

In fact, Joyce is planning to immerse visitors in the somber - if somehow appealing - world of New Orleans after the deluge.

Though he has a new movie coming out (Meet the Robinsons, Disney Pictures), Joyce seems to haave been mesmerized by the plight of the Crescent City. It is a community he says is still digging out from the shock of dislocation and loss.

The exhibit is based on the photography of Stan Carpenter, Kathryn Gaiennie, Philip Gould, Mike Silva and Talbot Hopkins (who is my wife). In October and November, 2005, the photogs slipped into Shreveport's shelters to capture the visages of people in the whirlwind of displacement. Shreveport Regional Arts Council sent interviewers to record the stories told by those photographed.
Additional photography and a wide range of materials have been added to the mix to make Faces of Katrina.

The Artspace show opens with a reception at 7 pm on Friday, Aug 25. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Hosts are Steve Ross and Mark Hermasillo.

Also sponsoring the show is Bill Robinson and The Times. Coordinating the exhibit is the hardest-working woman in the gallery business, Pam Atchison.

One of the generous donors in the effort to commemorate the flood and displacement of Louisianians is Ridgways Inc, printers at 719 Marshall.

Info: SRAC at 673-6500.

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