L. Kasimu Harris Examines Post Hurricane Katrina Life in Second Solo Photography Exhibition
Tuesday, November 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS (August 4, 2015) – L. Kasimu Harris’s second photography solo exhibition, “The 10-Year Journey: Reflections of Family, Identity and New Orleans” is his visual narrative of life following Hurricane Katrina. The exhibition will be held at the George and Leah McKenna Museum (2003 Carondelet St. New Orleans, La 70130) and runs from August 9 to October 10, 2015. The opening reception is Friday, August 21 from 6 to 9p.m., and will feature a special performance by Grammy nominated trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Harris’s documentation began in August 2005 when he first processed his confusion, hurt and rage in the pages of his journal, as the weary winds of Hurricane Katrina finally reached the University of Mississippi, where he was a journalism graduate student. Harris returned to New Orleans, his hometown, 45 days later and, even then, sought images beyond the destruction.
“During the months after Katrina, I saw so many haunting pictures of New Orleans, with its battered people and places. While, I thought those were important—eventually, I wanted to explore another story through words and images of perseverance,” Harris said. He continued returning to New Orleans and explored his family’s and the city’s strides to normalcy. He examined those efforts through photographs of the displaced family reunited in New Orleans for Thanksgiving in 2006. That same year, he documented residents casting ballots in the mayoral election. His work has continued to tell stories of New Orleans in the decade since Katrina.
In 2014, Harris’s first solo exhibit, “Dreams Do Come True”, investigated his dreams and subconscious thoughts, garnered national and international attention. The title photograph was included in the opening credits of season four for HBO’s Treme. “All Tied Up”, a print featuring Malcolm Jenkins, former New Orleans Saint, was exhibited by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Moreover, The Multi Media Museum in Moscow featured his“7th Ward Chess Club” print in its New Orleans Culture in Photographs exhibition curated by Frank Relle. This print later received an Honorable Mention in the Louisiana Contemporary exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Harris is also currently in both The Rising and Louisiana Contemporary at the Ogden. He was recently in the Dandy Lion (Re) Articulating Black Masculinity exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago that is now traveling to the Silvereye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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