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News & Updates

SRR featured in The Guardian

On November 11th, the Guardian posted an article on the Slave Rebellion Reenactment. To read the whole story, go to https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/11/louisiana-slave-rebellion-reenactment-artist-dread-scott

Scott hoped from the outset that the piece would represent a transformative experience for all of those taking part. Many participants, like pastor Donald August, came from southern Louisiana and traced their ancestry back to slavery in this region.

Oliver Laughland, Senior Reporter for the Guardian

For many taking part, it was an experience grounded in the trauma and complications of the present day.

oliverlaughland

SRR featured at NPR

On November 9th, NPR’s national desk published a story on the Slave Rebellion. To read the whole article, go to: https://www.npr.org/2019/11/09/777810796/hundreds-march-in-reenactment-of-a-historic-but-long-forgotten-slave-rebellion

Dread Scott wanted to re-imagine a different outcome through a reenactment that pays tribute to the men and women who protested their enslavement. He says they should be viewed as unsung heroes.

Leila Fadel, National Correspondent for NPR

Fashionista features Alison L. Parker’s Slave Rebellion Reenactment costumes

Fashionista reporter Jonathan Square features the Alison L. Parker’s costuming of the Slave Rebellion Reenactment.

“The city post-Katrina had a very bohemian, anything goes, anti-bureaucracy feel,” says Parker. “I was in a bar where someone walked in with a monkey on their shoulder, and no one batted an eye. It was the norm. And I thought, ‘I could live here.'”

Alison L. Parker, costume designer for the Slave Rebellion Reenactment

The Art Insider reflects on Dread Scott’s Slave Rebellion Reenactment

The Slave Rebellion Reenactment was featured in The Art Insider on November 12, 2019.

“Through this event, Dread Scott wanted to start a conversation about slavery and how it is often overlooked in the conversation on racism.” 

David Guido Pietroni, Italian music and film producer

SRR featured in Gambit Weekly

Take a look at this week’s Gambit Weekly in New Orleans for an article on Slave Rebellion Reenactment.

Uprisings, Futures, and Freedoms

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:30pm

Kendall Cram room, Lavin Bernick Center, Tulane Uptown campus

A public conversation with Dread Scott, ARC seminar participant Kira Akerman and NOCGS assistant director Denise Frazier that will explore two major works of art that unfold in our river region, Slave Rebellion Reenactment and Hollow Tree. Slave Rebellion Reenactment was instigated by artist Dread Scott, developed in community over the past five years, and will take place November 8-9, 2019. Hollow Tree (work-in-progress) tells the stories of three teenagers coming of age in Southeast Louisiana; a parable of climate adaptation worldwide.

(Re)presenting History

Wednesday, November 13, 6-8pm
University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center – Recital Hall

Join us at UNO for (Re)presenting History: Reflections on the 1811 Slave Rebellion & Its Afterlife, a talk with organizers and reenactors Ron Bechet, Gianna Chachere, Karen-Kaia Livers and Dread Scott. Moderated by Lolis Elie.

A Call to Action: Communication Conversation on the Slave Rebellion Reenactment

Wednesday, October 30th, 6pm-8pm
Le Musee de F.P.C | Free People of Color Museum 2336 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Join us for a conversation with New York based visual & performance artist, Dread Scott about his artistic practice and 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. This event is free and open to the public.

Hal Clark Show

Dread Scott on the Hal Clark show talking about the Rebellion!

https://wyldfm.iheart.com/featured/sunday-journal-with-hal-clark/content/2019-10-18-slave-rebellion-reenactment/

Press Release

Contact: srrmedia@fenton.com 

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.

Click here to read the full release.

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.

Conversations, Culture and Calas

Join artist Dread Scott in Conversation with Historian James Borders,
featuring Calas prepared by Cheif Aiji Daste at New Orleans African American Museum

Story Circle

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.

How you can help!

Download and share this flyer to let folks know how they can be involved in Slave Rebellion Reenactment.

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.

Raising Cain

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

Read the article on the opensocietyfoundations.org

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

Read the full article at VanityFair.com

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