Challenging Assumptions, or New Orleans’ Eternal State of Suspended Animation | A Different Visual Point of View on Katrina’s Impact

[“The Rising” features work by 11 photographers, including some who lived in New Orleans before the storm and others who moved here since. While all share a common subject matter in the context of the show, most of their images avoid the kind of visual clichés that have come to characterize a large part of post-Katrina imagery.

“Instead of ‘disaster porn,’ we wanted to show the positive aspects of what’s happened since Katrina,” said Ogden Museum curator Richard McCabe, who organized the show. “This work is more of a metaphor for what’s happened in New Orleans over the last 10 years.”

As a result, “The Rising” challenges certain assumptions of how the storm affected the fabric of life in New Orleans.

And like the New Orleans Museum of Art’s excellent if even more opaque “Ten Years Gone,” running concurrently across town, it confounds expectations of what a “Katrina show” should be.

Sophie Lvoff’s dreamy cityscapes show a New Orleans in an eternal state of suspended animation seemingly untouched by any kind of outside influence, meteorological or otherwise.]

Read the article and see the photographs here | THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE

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@2014 Styliani Giannitsi Photography

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American Indian Motion Picture Awards | Live for the First Time

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The American Indian Film Festival is the world’s longest running exposition of films by and about Native people.This year, the pilot telecast of our Awards Show will be broadcast in several markets, including Seattle, SF-Bay Area, San Diego, Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale-Miami. The American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show will be taped in front of a LIVE audience on Sunday, November 9 at the historic Palace of Fine Arts. Then, a 90-minute show will be broadcast on Saturday, November 29, 2014.

Three Kiva Ruin | Ancestral Pueblo | Utah, USA

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@2014 Styliani Giannitsi Photography

Chinn Lake | Colorado, USA

Rooted

Rooted | @2014 Styliani Giannitsi Photography

Salt of the Earth | Wim Wenders’ New Documentary | The Social Gaze of Sebastiao Salgado

Wim Wenders’ upcoming documentary “The Salt of the Earth” screened well at Cannes this year: the audience sprang to its feet and burst into applause after its premiere. Check out the first batch of clips: they’re beautiful, evocative and very Wenders-esque.

“The Salt of the Earth” focuses on Brazilian photographer and photojournalist Sebastião Salgado, whose work over the last 40 years has focused on social issues, exploring the challenges facing the Earth’s diverse–and dispersed–communities. Salgado has traveled to more than 100 countries, and in the last 10 years has shifted his attention to a project he calls “Genesis,” a series that focuses on documenting unspoiled nature and the human societies that live in such environments in accordance with ancestral and not modern conventions.
Watch parts of the film here | Indiewire

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Synthetic Aesthetics | Emerging Worlds of Meta-Matter

Synthetic Aesthetics | Emerging Worlds of Meta-Matter

MIT Press

In this book, synthetic biologists, artists, designers, and social scientists investigate synthetic biology and design. After chapters that introduce the science and set the terms of the discussion, the book follows six boundary-crossing collaborations between artists and designers and synthetic biologists from around the world, helping us understand what it might mean to ‘design nature.’