Land of Evangeline: Reconstructed
November 19, 2019 – January 26, 2020
Opening: Friday, Nov 22, 5:30pm
In conjunction with “Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana,” NOMA’s exhibition of 19th-century Louisiana landscape paintings, Southerly Gold has contemporized the exhibition’s painted landscapes by photographing the original locations through a feminine lens, thus bringing the Louisiana land into the 21st century. The multimedia, photo-based installation can be found on the first floor of the museum in the Creative Concept Corner.
Formed in 2011, Southerly Gold is an ensemble of three working female photographers living and working in the city of New Orleans. The collective consists of Aubrey Edwards, Ariya Martin, and Elena Ricci.
Southerly Gold’s recently released six-book set GOD’S COUNTRY will be available for purchase in the NOMA museum store.
GOD’S COUNTRY wanders through the subtle stories and complicated histories of Louisiana. From 2012 through 2016, Southerly Gold traveled to the parishes that occupy the delineated corners of the state following the trails of desire for Southern Utopia. The photographs in this six-book set are an exploration of the promises and resources that the farthest reaches of Louisiana have held for humankind. From agriculture to oil, from land to sea, our images of the contemporary landscape—captured along routes of the past—bear witness to the residue of these promises.