2120 Port Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
Open Fridays and Saturdays, by appointment only
SAMO Journey is a visual and psychological exploration of the dichotomy of progress pitted against the status quo of both people and place in an ever-changing New Orleans, nation and world. The struggle becomes glaringly evident when examining racial inequities and the imbalance that pervades class, education and neighborhoods. From Reconstruction to now, a social climate persists, where the ascension of blacks into the upper rungs of leadership is as common as the assassination of blacks on the street–the new lynching. SAMO Journey seeks to uncover the warring ideals of progress and sameness using “man against man”, “man against nature”, and “man against self” and “man against society.” These motifs, that are the common pillars of literature, also refer to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work that explored “suggestive dichotomies”, including wealth versus poverty, integration against segregation, and inner versus outer experience.
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Image at top: Men playing Chess in the 7th ward by L. Kasimu Harris