New Orleans-based artist José Torres Tama will be presenting a talk at Toynbee Studios as part of a series of events organised in collaboration with Rajni Shah and in partnership with Roehampton University, Artsadmin, Bluecoat, and Live Art Development Agency.
In September 2006, a year after Hurricane Katrina hit, Torres Tama performed a series of improvised rituals as an act of mourning in the devastated neighbourhood of the Lower 9th, invoking a character informed by Yoruba religious practices in a ritual to channel the pain and suffering of this terrain. The photographic documentation of this performance, Lower 9th Ritual of Mourning, will serve as a starting-point for a discussion around performing identity and the politics of race in the Obama era.
Funded by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Crucible Centre.
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