Shifting is a series of contemporary photographs focusing on the Louisiana wetlands and its dynamic and endangered present. Swamps, barrier islands, oceans and more are photographed from the land, air and water. Informed by current science, Shifting describes both the beauty of the natural habitat and also the human modifications to that habitat. Included are images of the largest oil spill in history and the historic rising tides of the Mississippi River in 2011. With photographs by Michel Varisco and contributing essays by creative writer Anne Gisleson and curator of the Ogden Museum Bradley Sumrall, Shifting aims to engage viewers in dialogue around environmental stewardship and to critically analyze what’s at stake for the region, the country, and the world.
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Michel Varisco is a native New Orleans artist. Her photographs, assemblages and site-specific installations explore loss and regeneration. Varisco’s work is exhibited and published internationally and is included in public, private and corporate collections. She is an artist mentor at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and has worked and studied in France, Italy and New Orleans.
Anne Gisleson's writing has appeared in The Believer, Oxford American and other magazines and has been selected for inclusion in several anthologies, including Best American Non-Required Reading, Best Music Writing and Life in the Wake: Fiction from Post-Katrina. She edited and co-wrote How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a Work in Progress, an overview of New Orleans' post-Katrina rebuilding from the perspective of its' citizens. Ms. Gisleson also teaches writing at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Louisiana's arts conservatory for high school students.
Born in Sumrall, Mississippi in 1971, Bradley Sumrall is the chief curator of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The mission of The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is to broaden the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, publications, research center, and its Goldring-Woldenberg Institute for the Advancement of Southern Art and Culture.
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