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Fighting Weight: Kevin Jerome Everson
Curated by Maaike Gouwenberg
Fighting Weight brings together a large selection of short films by Kevin Jerome Everson. Curated by Maaike Gouwenberg, Independent Curator and Co-Founder of Deltaworkers, this exhibition will be on view at The Engine Room October 5 - 28 with an opening reception on Friday, October 5, 6 - 9pm. Gallery hours will be Wednesdays and Fridays 10am - 2pm throughout the exhibition, with Saturday hours to be announced.
Through dual projections the viewer is introduced to Everson's unique world and subject matter. The films are deeply connected to contemporary culture and art and not only deal with the social and political realities of working class African-Amercan life, they also dive into the materiality of the film medium, and narrative structures. Film itself informs Everson's choices, such as sound or silent, color or black and white, or the length of the film roll. His films hover between documentary and fiction, often lightly prompted and focused on simple gestures, real life happenings or historic events. In Fighting Weight, the viewer is absorbed into various starting points and viewpoints and is confronted with films that seemingly choose the same subject but deal with them in different ways. By placing these films alongside each other or showing them sequentially, Everson's outspoken, but curious approach surfaces and shows that each film has its own logic and rhythm. In concert, the fragmentation of our world becomes visible.
Professional Development Workshops
On Thursday, September 13 at 6:30pm, we will be hosting the fourth workshop in our professional development series, Practical Advice for the Practicing Artist. Emily Wilkerson, Writer and Editor for Tulane University's School of Liberal Arts and New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and Independent Curator and Writer will lead an informal discussion about crafting exhibition proposals. Click here for more.
On Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30pm Tiffany Q. Langlinais, Director of Sales and Marketing at the James Michalopoulos Gallery, will lead a discussion about how artists can market and promote their work.
These workshops are hosted at The Engine Room at 2809 N. Robertson Street and are free and open to the public. Stay tuned for details about future workshops!
Curators in Residence
Geir Haraldseth, Director of Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger, Norway and Stina Høgkvist, Head of Collections at the Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo, Norway will be in residence at PARSE NOLA November 5 - 14. This is Haraldseth's second residency at PARSE. They will be in New Orleans to conduct studio visits, do research, and to engage with the local community.
We're very excited to introduce the newest member of PARSE NOLA! Camila Sobral is PARSE's Operations Manager. She received a B.A. in Film and Electronic Arts from Bard College in 2015. She has a video art practice and is especially interested in video installation. She was previously the Operations Manager at Machine Project, a non-profit arts space in Los Angeles, where she curated programs and organized workshops for the local community. She recently moved to New Orleans to learn more about the arts community in the city and to further her experiences as as an arts organizer.