"Down to Earth" | Hannah Chalew, Carla Civil, and Allison Beondé

Contemporary Arts Center

900 Camp St.

April 25, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Carla Simone


Image courtesy of the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

Press Release

The Contemporary Arts Center proudly presents Down to Earth, a special pop-up exhibition by space-ship, a non-profit committed to social and environmental justice.

Artworks by featured artists Hannah Chalew, Carla Civil, and Allison Beondé will be on display from April 25, 2019 through May 12, 2019.

Join us for an opening Reception on Thursday, April 25th from 5:30pm - 8:30pm

(New Orleans, LA): Contemporary Arts Center is excited proud to announce Down to Earth, a special exhibition in partnership with space-ship, a global non-profit whose mission is to display contemporary art as a vehicle for engaging in difficult conversations. It’s third pop-up, Down to Earth, is an exhibition that looks to three women artists from New Orleans – Hannah Chalew, Carla Simone and Allison Beondé – whose visual practices are characterized by their efforts to conceal and reveal. Working in similar yet separate contexts in New Orleans, Louisiana, the three artists create vibrant works across the mediums of installation, painting, sculpture and photography to address issues of social and environmental justice. Hannah Chalew Hannah Chalew’s installation explores what it means to live in the age of climate change with an uncertain future looming, and specifically what that means for those living in Southern Louisiana. To coincide with Down to Earth, Hannah Chalew has created a limited edition set of screenprints to support the Coalition Against Death Alley. 100% of proceeds will benefit the Coalition’s march for environmental justice in its endeavor to raise awareness of petrochemical waste in the area between and including Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Carla Simone is a multidisciplinary artist from New Orleans who is heavily influenced by the culture of her community and the people within it. The tactile materiality of her large-scale canvases create evocations of place, light and dreaming. She aims to bring thought-provoking joy and meaningful discourse to all who view her work

The photographs by Allison Beondé are examples from her series At the hands of persons unknown - a contemplative meditation on our society, set within the American South. Her images explore spaces and structures that have been normalized into the every day, and the history embedded within them. She traces through what she notes as invisible geographies in her work, providing a visualization in the form of “historical meditation”—a way to contemplate the environment around us and to examine and scrutinize its origins more deeply.

Alongside the exhibition, space-ship will hold educational initiatives and public programming. There will be a talk on Art and Social Justice in the Age of Climate Change (May 1st at 6pm- 7:30pm), a poetry performance open to the community, a Creative Release Workshop with Carla Simone (May 9th, 6pm- 7:30pm), and creative workshops for students at the YAYA Art Center.

space-ship is a non-profit organization committed to fostering inclusive civic discourse about social justice and community through arts and culture. space-ship aspires to produce places for learning and dialogue to emerge through the empowerment of artists and communities.

The CAC is a multidisciplinary arts center that is dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time. The CAC is a cultural leader. As such, it organizes, presents, and tours curated exhibitions, performances and programs by local, regional, national, and international artists. It demonstrates proactive local and regional leadership by educating children and adults, cultivating and growing audiences, and initiating and encouraging collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, communities, and supporters.

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