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New MississippiS: Some Situated Stories on Contemporary Ecologies

Part of France-Atlanta 2020

In these times of planetary troubles, the works of art and archives can help us to tell historically situated and pluralized stories about contemporary ecological issues. Using the South of the Mississippi River as an emblem of the markers of environmental problems, we consider the intersection between exploitation, ecologies, and people in two locales in the American South. This project New MississippiS is a digital and artistic reading of multiple museums’ archives and collections. 

In this multi-sited project, ecologies is examined in terms of its literal and symbolic meanings. The specific materials utilized include: recordings of an international cultural institution’s project along the River;  readings of Southern writers Margaret Walker and Richard Wright; and selected works from collections at historically black institutions in Georgia and Mississippi. 

The first public event will consist of a presentation of the overall project, its origins and its protocols, as well as the launch of the online platform on which the materials will be read and contextualised by a performer and the organizers. Assembled in a series of podcasts, these audios and its images will give a taste of the story behind the curatorial process of New Mississippis. 

Participants: Dr. Maurita Poole (Director and Chief Curator of Clark Atlanta University Art Museum), Clémence Hallé (Researcher and Writer), Duncan Evennou (Theater Maker and Performer)

This event is organized by the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center, Augusta University and the Lighthouse Company with the support of the Atlanta Office of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States and FACE Contemporary Theater.

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