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Prospect New Orleans Announces Artist List for Prospect.6: the future is present, the harbinger is home

New Orleans — January 25, 2024 Prospect New Orleans is proud to announce the artist list for the 2024 iteration of the triennial, Prospect.6: the future is present, the harbinger is home, which will open to the public in New Orleans on Saturday, November 2, 2024, and remain on view through Sunday, February 2, 2025. Continuing its legacy as the longest-running, citywide contemporary art triennial, Prospect.6 will feature the work of 49 artists spanning approximately 20 venues and unconventional spaces. Curated by The Susan Brennan Co-Artistic Directors Miranda Lash and Ebony G. Patterson, the vast majority of the works on view will be newly commissioned, with an emphasis on large-scale and ambitious installations in both galleries and public spaces. This year will also mark the US debut of internationally-acclaimed works by six of the participating artists.


Prospect.6: the future is present, the harbinger is home will posit New Orleans as a global point of departure for examining our collective future as it relates to climate change, legacies of colonialism, and definitions of belonging and home. With regard to New Orleanians as Prospect’s first audience, the Co-Artistic Directors are inspired by the city’s unique ability to offer poignant lessons and models for how to live in constant negotiation with a warming planet, grounded within a community that reflects the global majority, and in direct proximity to the effects and aftereffects of colonial and exploitative economies. The exhibition urges consideration of the question, What does it mean to think of a harbinger as a gift?


“Prospect.6: the future is present, the harbinger is home presents a challenge to our perceptions of 'home'— it asks us to consider that what we hold dear about the places where we live may, in fact, share commonalities with places we've never considered. This triennial is about de-centering our understanding and viewing New Orleans through a lens that transcends North American narratives and anchors the city in a global discourse,” said Ebony G. Patterson. “New Orleans is a global place and reflects the fact that most of the world is occupied by people of colour. What does it mean to think about places like NewOrleans, as currently living in the future, rather than a future to come? And that places outside of this are actually behind.”


“We are grateful to the artists of Prospect.6 for being part of a layered conversation around the environment, our human search for connection and vibrance, and the ways that New Orleans relates to their communities, histories, and visions for the future,” added Miranda Lash. “This triennial offers a critique and discussion of how people, communities, and regions like Louisiana have been and continue to be regarded as sites of extraction for resources and labor. At the same time, New Orleans offers profound insight into how culture, neighborhoods, and deep histories tether us to people and places, even in the face of mounting challenges. We see this tension between attachments to home—however one defines it—and the shifting climate as one of the defining issues of our foreseeable future.”


In the spirit of the triennial’s city-wide model, this year’s presentation will envelop the different neighborhoods of New Orleans, mounting major artistic presentations from world-renowned artists across venues like Newcomb Art Museum, The Ogden Museum, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Harmony Circle, and Contemporary Arts Center. Prospect.6 will also champion the work of artists from various backgrounds and disciplines, such as Joiri Minaya, Raùl de Nieves, Abigail DeVille, Brendan Fernandes, Christopher Cozier, Joan Jonas, and Yee I-Lann, to prompt an exploration of New Orleans’s cultural breadths and social histories in relation to the city’s global footprint.


Prospect has a longstanding commitment to New Orleans’s creative communities and takes care to honor the complexity of lived experiences within New Orleans and other regions often framed by tourism, stereotypes, and service economies. Recognizing the often fraught relationship between triennials and their locales, Prospect.6 will aim to articulate an answer to enduring questions, such as “What does it mean to speak from a place, rather than at it?”


“I am very pleased to be able to experience this iteration of Prospect with my city and the rest of the world. This Prospect looks at New Orleans as home for many, and an entry to recently imagine a global community through the rich history of this place once called Bvlbancha, now called New Orleans today,” says artist and Prospect.6 curatorial advisor Ron Bechet.


Prospect.6: the future is present, the harbinger is home is strongly informed by contributions of living artists, either based in or with ties to Louisiana, such as Hannah Chalew, Thomas Deaton, Christian Ðinh, Abdi Farah, L. Kasimu Harris, Blas Isasi, Ruth Owens, Brooke Pickett, and Ashley Teamer. The triennial also employs the notion of foresight and futurity in New Orleans and places like New Orleans, featuring artists from regions connected to Louisiana through historic paths of forced or voluntary migration and diaspora, including the Caribbean, Central and South America, indigenous North America, Southeast Asia, and Africa, to emphasize the very essence of home within an ever-changing environment.


Says Nick Stillman, Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans: “The concept of ‘harbinger ’is the key to this exhibition. Prospect.6 will be a showcase of ambitious projects with a sense of intentionality and wonder, a curatorial vision of big moments, active engagement in creating new narratives, and active interventions within the public sphere and landscape.”


Artist List

Shannon Alonzo (b. 1988, St. Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago; lives in Trinidad and Tobago)

Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio (b. 1990, Los Angeles,CA; lives in Los Angeles, CA)

Ewan Atkinson (b. 1975, Barbados; lives in Barbados)

Teresa Baker (b. 1985, Watford City, North Dakota; lives in Los Angeles, CA)

Andrea Carlson (b. 1979, USA; lives in Northern Minnesota and Chicago, IL)

Hannah Chalew (b. 1986, Baltimore, MD; livesin New Orleans, LA)

Mel Chin (b. 1951, Houston, TX; lives in Egypt Township, North Carolina)

Bethany Collins (b. 1984, Montgomery, AL; lives in Chicago, IL)

Myrlande Constant (b. 1968, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti)

Christopher Cozier (b. 1959, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; lives in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)

Ronald Cyrille aka B.Bird (b. 1984, Guadeloupe; lives in Guadeloupe)

Thomas Deaton (b. 1988, Lafayette, LA; lives in New Orleans, LA)

Abigail DeVille (b. 1981, New York, NY; works in Bronx, NY)

Christian Ðinh (b. 1992, St. Petersburg, FL; lives in New Orleans, LA)

Jeannette Ehlers (b. 1973, Denmark; lives in Copenhagen, Denmark)

rafa esparza (b. 1981, Pasadena, CA; lives in Los, Angeles, CA)

Abdi Farah (b. 1987, Baltimore, MD; lives in New Orleans, LA)

Brendan Fernandes (b. 1979, Nairobi, Kenya; lives in Chicago, IL)

L. Kasimu Harris (b. 1978, New Orleans, LA; lives in New Orleans, LA)

Nadia Huggins (b. 1984, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; lives in St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

Blas Isasi (b. 1981, Lima, Peru; lives in New Orleans, LA)

Deborah Jack (b. 1970, Rotterdam, Netherlands; lives in Cole Bay, St. Maarten and Jersey City, NJ)

Eisa Jocson (b. 1986, Manila, Philippines; lives in San Juan, La Union, Philippines)

Joan Jonas (b. 1936, New York, NY; lives in New York, NY and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia)

Brian Jungen (b. 1970, Fort St John BCCanada; lives in Treaty 8 territory, BC Canada)

Arturo Kameya (b. 1984, Lima, Peru; lives inAmsterdam, Netherlands and Lima, Peru)

Maia Ruth Lee (b. 1983, Busan, South Korea; lives in Salida, CO)

Kelley-Ann Lindo (b. 1991, Kingston, Jamaica; lives in Kingston, Jamaica and Providence, RI)

Cathy Lu (b. 1984, Miami, FL; lives in Richmond, CA)

Tessa Mars (b. 1985, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; livesin Port-au-Prince, Haiti and San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Jeffrey Meris (b. 1991, Saint Louis du Nord, Haiti; lives in Nassau, Bahamas and New York, NY )

Joiri Minaya (b. 1990, New York, NY; lives in New York, NY)

Meleko Mokgosi (b. 1981, Francistown, Botswana; lives in Wellesley, MA)

Raúl de Nieves (b. 1983, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico; lives in Brooklyn, NY)

Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976, Saigon, Vietnam; lives in Saigon, Vietnam)

Karyn Olivier (b. 1968, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; lives in Philadelphia, PA)

Ruth Owens (b. 1959, Augsburg, Germany; lives in Metairie, LA, and works in New Orleans, LA)

Ada M. Patterson (b. 1994, Bridgetown, Barbados; lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Venuri Perera (b. 1981, Colombo, Sri Lanka; lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands and works internationally)

Brooke Pickett (b. 1980, Shreveport, LA; livesin New Orleans, LA)

Marcel Pinas (b. 1971, District of Marowijne, Suriname; lives in Suriname)

Stephanie Syjuco (b. 1974, Manila, Philippines; lives in Oakland, CA)

Ashley Teamer (b. 1991, New Orleans, LA; livesin New Orleans, LA and New York, NY)

Clarissa Tossin (b. 1973, Porto Alegre, Brazil;lives in Los Angeles, CA)

Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran (b. 1987, Hennigsdorf, Germany; lives in Saigon, Vietnam)

Tuan Mami (b. 1981, Hanoi, Vietnam; lives in Hanoi, Vietnam)

Didier William (b. 1983, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; lives in Philadelphia, PA)

Amanda Williams (b. 1974, Evanston, IL; livesin Chicago, IL)

Yee I-Lann (b. 1971, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia; lives in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia)


About Prospect New Orleans

Prospect is a citywide contemporary art triennial and the only exhibition of its kind with a decade-long track record. Every three years, Prospect invites artists from around the world to create projects in a wide variety of venues spread throughout New Orleans. For residents and visitors alike, Prospect is an invitation to experience the city through the eyes of artists. 


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