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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 7, 2019
Large-Scale Performance to Reenact Biggest Rebellion of Enslaved People in U.S. History
Visionary Artist Dread Scott Leads Hundreds of Reenactors Participating In 2-Day, 26-Mile Performance in Louisiana’s River Parishes, Reviving a Story of Resistance, Freedom and Revolutionary Action
NEW ORLEANS — On Friday and Saturday November 8th-9th in Louisiana, American artist Dread Scott will examine a significant milestone in our nation’s past with his latest collaborative project, Slave Rebellion Reenactment (SRR), which will reimagine the largest rebellion of enslaved people in the history of the United States. This project, a collaboration with New Orleans-based arts organization Antenna, is the result of a six-year artistic effort involving historians, artists and community members.
Artist Talk: Dread Scott
Join us Wednesday, October 9th at 12pm in Southern University’s Hayden Hall Theater located on Elton C Harrison St. Baton Rouge, La 70807 for a discussion with New York based visual and performance artist, Dread Scott about his artistic practice and his latest collaborative project Slave Rebellion Reenactment, a large-scale, community-engaged art performance & film project reimagining the largest rebellion of enslaved people in the United States. The performance will take place upriver from New Orleans on November 8 -9, 2019.
Artist Talk: Dread Scott
Join us Friday, October 25th 6pm-7:30pm at the Contemporary Arts Center located at 900 Camp St. New Orleans, La 70130 for a discussion with New York based visual and performance artist, Dread Scott about his artistic practice and his latest collaborative project Slave Rebellion Reenactment, a large-scale, community-engaged art performance & film project reimagining the largest rebellion of enslaved people in the United States. The performance will take place upriver from New Orleans on November 8 -9, 2019.
Join us for a Story Circle, led-by Junebug Productions, on the 1811 German Coast Uprising—it’s impacts, legacy, and meaning for freedom as the country marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in colonial Virginia, and the 300th year anniversary of the arrival of the slave ships Aurore and the Duc du Maine with enslaved Africans to clear indigenous lands for the formation of New Orleans.
Freedom and Fall Celebration
Join us in Milesville Community, 450 W 2nd St. LaPlace, La Sunday, October 6th at 11:30a for conversations about the 1811 slave uprising, St. John Parish history, reclaiming the narrative and tourism economy with Dr. Ibrahima Seck and Larry E. Sorapuru Jr. and reflections by Pastor Donald August Sr. and Pastor Freddie L. Howard.
The Power of Resistance at UNO Gallery
Political, radical, incendiary: such has been Dread Scott’s artistic practice for the past thirty years, with works that bridge art and activism by intimately connecting the visual with the social. Through mediums ranging from street performance to video, photography, and printmaking, Dread Scott confronts injustices head-on, raisng the uncomfortable question of social responsibility. Curated by UNO Assistant Professor of Art History Anna Mecugni, The Power of Resistance brings together a selection of prints and video works from the past two decades. It features posters from the ongoing Statements series, begun in 2018, and videos including Welcome to America (2001), Money to Burn (2010), and Stop (2012), which denounce the underlying racism, xenophobia, and down-right absurdity of common, legal practices in today’s profit-driven, de-humanizing capitalist societies. An opening reception will be held October 12th from 6pm-9pm at UNO Saint Claude Gallery.
Dedicated to Victoria, Peggy, Lucy, Suzette, Francoise, Marie Rose and the other unnamed women of the 1811 “rising.”
by kai lumumba barrow
Raising Cain celebrates the role of enslaved women in the 1811 German Coast Slave Uprising. Using Community Book Center as a symbolic “hush harbor,” the window installation recalls the field as a site for clandestine planning where the rebels passed messages, developed secret codes and identified individual roles and duties.
Visit the Community Book Center at 2523 Bayou Road in New Orleans to see the installation.
Dread Scott selected as 2019 Open Society Foundation Soros Equality Fellow
The Soros Equality Fellowship seeks to support emerging midcareer professionals whom they believe will become long-term innovative leaders impacting racial justice.
Slave Rebellion Reenactment featured in Vanity Fair
On a cloudy March afternoon, I climbed a levee in Montz, Louisiana, with the artist Dread Scott. The wind was whipping, and muddy water streamed through an open dam into the Bonnet Carré Spillway. The area, once home to sprawling riverfront plantations, is now dedicated to wildlife and recreation. But the day we visited, its hiking trails, off-road-vehicle courses, and historic cemeteries were under water. The crowns of submerged cypresses swayed in the current; across the spillway, the sprawl of Shell’s Norco oil refinery floated like a mirage. A sign on the barbed wire fence read, “No Trespassing, U.S. Government Property.”
Vanity Fair, Image by Sebastian Kim