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Fourth edition of New Orleans’ Prospect triennial to focus on colonialism in the ‘global south’

The international contemporary art exhibition will also coincide with the port city’s 300th anniversary

by Gabriella Angeleti  |  17 March 2016
Fourth edition of New Orleans’ Prospect triennial to focus on colonialism in the ‘global south’
Lisa Sigal, performance as part of Home Court Crawl / Blights Out, a project for Prospect.3: Notes for Now. Photo credit: Prospect New Orleans
The organisers of New Orleans’s international art exhibition Prospect have announced that the fourth edition of is due to open next year and will coincide with the city’s 300th anniversary in 2018. Prospect.4 (11 November 2017 – February 25 2018) will focus on the “global south”, specifically Latin America, the Caribbean, the southern states of the US—and the European colonisers of these regions.

“The rich diversity of New Orleans has developed over a long history of colonisation, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, waves of migration and displacement, and Gulf Coast trade routes buoyed by the city’s position as the American South’s largest port,” Prospect’s artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker says in a press statement. “Artists in Prospect.4 will explore many of these histories and themes and how they relate to contemporary geographical and cultural settings around the world.”

Seven international artists and curators—including Zoe Whitley, the curator of international art and contemporary British art at Tate, London; Miranda Lash, the curator of contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, the Miami-based Peruvian artist William Cordova, and the Nairobi- and New York-based artist Wangechi Mutu—have been selected to form the new council that will recommend artists to be included in the show and contribute to the public programming.

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