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   The Bindery

A Performance by: Ashley Hunt

A live documentary performance about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the prison they refused to evacuate, a story about memory, justice and art

Saturday, June 1st 2013, 7pm – 9pm

Why Hurricane Katrina Still Matters, Following U.S. and International Performances

“Notes on the emptying of a City” is a performance that acts as a “dismantled” film, where a live narrator pieces together the sounds, images and stories of a documentary before a live audience.  With materials produced in New Orleans during the months following Hurricane Katrina, the artist recounts his experiences working with activists in the storm’s aftermath. As a witness, an observer, a listener and a speaker among other speakers, he recalls the marks written onto the city’s buildings by soldiers and police, the prison that the sheriff had refused to evacuate before the storm, and what it feels like to be under martial law.  His accounts are mixed with the testimony of citizens, each speaking their claim to the city.  Together, these materials all weave into a live form of journalism, one left open for inspection and response from the audience.  Rather than leave the tragedy of Katrina in an all too comfortable past, “Notes on the Emptying of City” reminds us of how the forces that produced Katrina continue to grow throughout the world. 

Ashley Hunt is an artist, activist and writer who engages the ideas of social movements, modes of learning and public discourse, His works have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles, Project Row Houses in Houston, and the 2012 Sinop Biennale in Turkey, and various community-based venues throughout the United States and internationally.