Artist Julie Morel Debuts First Installation in New Orleans [fr]
French artist Julie Morel debuted her first installation in New Orleans on Monday, Dec. 22 from on the neutral ground across from the Old US Mint.
Morel writes of the project: "The purpose of this installation is to create an ephemeral visual artwork on one of the neutral grounds of New Orleans. This work will interrogate the functions of these communal spaces, as they are known to be strong cultural, social, and racial markers of identity and community, specific both to the past and present history of New Orleans."
The project questions the meaning, history, and geography of neutral grounds in the city through fieldwork and archival work at The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) and the Louisiana State Museum collection.
The installation includes a sculptural piece, hanging between two trees, and two wooden benches. The sculpture, which reads “No Neutral Ground in the Universe?” references a quote by C. S. Lewis, acclaimed author of The Chronicles of Narnia, which states: “There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.” This rhetorical question allows observers to answer the question on their own, thus constructing their own meaning of the piece and the context.
Morel hopes that the project that will continue through the New Orleans tricentennial in 2018, in partnership with the Old US Mint.
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