AND LEAVE : New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina"
by Jane Fulton Alt
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project grew out of having witnessed the aftermath of an unprecedented,
devastating, natural disaster.
spent 2 weeks in the capacity of a clinical social worker providing
care and comfort to the survivors of Katrina and Rita, 2 deadly
hurricanes that passed thru the south in August of 2005.
I was stationed in New Orleans and worked with a program called
"Look and Leave." The residents who had been dispersed
to 48 states were "invited" back to view their homes
in the lower 9 th ward, a neighborhood that suffered not only
the hurricane, but two breaks in a levee that drowned the community.
My contact with the residents was to accompany them back into
their homes for the first time since they fled.
have been in mourning ever since. The stories I heard had one
thing in common... they were all heartbreaking. By the end of
the third day I was feeling overwhelmed with the multitude and
complexity of the problems facing the residents.
had the "katrina cough" and a raging headache. I left
the site to gather myself. Within an hour I realized that I needed
to do more. I had to photograph what I was witnessing.
images are my attempt to describe what I saw. As public interest
has waned, the media has pulled back. Americans have moved on
to "other news" and some have forgotten what is happening
in the South. Hopefully, these images will ensure that the survivors
will not be forgotten. They will need our help for years to come.
presents 30 archival color pigment prints 14" x 20"
"LOOK AND LEAVE : New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina"
Exhibition January 16 - March
Art Museum, Chicago IL
Reception Info: there will be a reception / fundraiser on
Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 28th from 5-8pm
to benefit: Common Ground -
Kids Project - Hope, One Crayon at a Time
Katrina's Kids Project was started by a group of Houston area
moms in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The project gave evacuee
children the opportunity to create, discuss and process their
experience through art. http://www.katrinaskidsproject.org/index.html
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