New Orleans-based black feminist artists & organizers recently curated “Ecohybridity – Love Song for NOLA,” a visual black opera set in various New Orleans neighborhoods. The visual opera marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and looks at issues connected to disaster capitalism, spatial inequities, the prison industrial complex, and privatization from a Black feminist lens.
An article about the opera can be found on ColorLines. Excerpts are below.
Artist and Ecohybridity creator, Kai Barrow:
Opera was originally a people’s form that would go from community to community. It was a way to articulate what was going on through art. But somewhere along the line, it became an elitist form, and poor people of color were locked out of the medium. But our conditioning right now, how we’re managing to exist, is opera in its largest sense. It’s comedy, it’s tragedy, it’s all of these different parts.
S. Mandisa Moore-O’Neal, a New Orleans native and Echohybridity writer and performer:
Right now is such a tender time for so many of us in the Gulf who have roots and history in this place. As a local black feminist, rebuilding and resistance looks like rendering ourselves visible over these last 10 years and well before. [It means] telling the complex stories of black women and girls—trans and not-trans, of course—on our terms, in our voices.
More about EcoHybridity here: http://galleryofthestreets.org/ecohybridity1/