Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, Right to Return, River Road, NOLA Now!
Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick have spent most of their life living in and making documentary work about New Orleans. Both were born and raised in the Lower Ninth Ward, and much of their 30+ years of collaboration comes out of this shared community experience. Their archives, and the body of this work were tragically all too connected to the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans – though they had stored the work sealed tight and on high ground upon their evacuation, they returned to discover that flooding had destroyed nearly everything.
As the city recovered, so too did their work. Taking negatives from this damaged collection, Calhoun and McCormick have made a new body of work that literally captures the moment when the levees broke. In spite of the horrors of this event, the colorful and wordless abstraction of this process suggests a way forward, and a hope for the return of lost beauty.
Right to Return, River Road, NOLA Now! is curated by Shannon Brunette in partnership with L9 Center for the Arts in New Orleans.
A reception and toast with the artists will take place this Thursday, June 21, from 6 – 8 PM. Photo ID is required for entry.
55 Exchange Place, Suite 406 New York, NY 10005
The exhibition will be on view through December 21, but please note that it is by appointment (contact firstname.lastname@example.org) and photo ID is required for entry.