[ROOTS listserv] Re: José Torres-Tama LOS INVISIBLES Photo Show Opens / Chocolate City Film & LATINO USA Commentary
- From: Jose Torres-Tama <jose@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: altroots@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 14:59:40 -0400
Amigos and virtual community (distribute with cyber abandon): As we approach the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures that doomed this city, the dirtiest little secret of the reconstruction of New Orleans is that it owes a tremendous debt to the thousands of Latino immigrant workers who literally rebuilt the city with their arduous labor. While the immigrant workers were visible throughout every part of the city on rooftops and construction sites, they have remained practically invisible on a social level to the general public of New Orleans who have benefited from their labor. The undocumented status of many has kept them in the shadows. LOS INVISIBLES exhibition aims to honor their contribution to the city. Nine local, national, and international photographers have submitted documentary photos, immigrant portraits, photos of day laborers at work, and workers at various pick-up points across the city. The photographers are Abdul Aziz, Dennis Couvilion, Meryt Harding, Craig Morse (Washington, D.C.), Aoife Naughton & Wes Wallace (Dublin, Ireland), Leslie Parr, Mario Tama (New York), and José Torres-Tama (yours truly). Since the storm, I have been trying to interject an often missing Latino narrative to the post-Katrina New Orleans reconstruction stories through performance projects, LATINO USA NPR commentaries, and various art events. With the support of Andy Antippas, Director of Barrister's Gallery, we have developed a unique and historical photography exhibition that documents the Latino immigrant presence like no other arts project has dared or bothered to do in this recovering pueblo. Opening Reception: Saturday, August 14, 2010 from 6-9PM. Barrister?s Gallery is located at 2331 Saint Claude Avenue in New Orleans. The exhibit runs from August 14 through September 4, 2010. http://www.barristersgallery.com/index.html The Times-Picayune's arts writer, Doug MacCash, has written a preview of the show that highlights some of the photographers' contributions. http://www.nola.com/arts/index.ssf/2010/08/exhibit_focusses_on_latin_amer.html FROM CHOCOLATE CITY TO AN ENCHILADA VILLAGE Film Documentary: As part of the LOS INVISIBLES opening event, we will debut a thirty-minute work-in-progress film documentary that I have been developing that reconstructs the narrative of Latino laborers in New Orleans. The comically titled film explores the transformation of New Orleans by the Latino immigrant labor force that converged upon the devastated Crescent City, and it includes interviews of immigrant laborers, activists, and the general public. It puts a human face and heart on a people who have worked hard to rebuild the Big Easy while experiencing rampant wage theft exacted by ruthless contractors, who call Immigration when the construction job is done instead of paying rightfully earned salaries. It is produced by ArteFuturo Productions in collaboration with Bruce France, whose editorial magic is bringing this story to life on film. www.torrestama.com LATINO USA NPR Commentary on Los Invisibles in Post-Katrina New Orleans: Continuing my work to bring attention to the many day laborers who have toiled here under extreme conditions, I recently interviewed dos jornaleros/two day laborers who have undergone a mythic transformation from silent wage theft victims to vocal activists with the Congress of Day Laborers. Theirs is an epic story as they struggle for human visibility while they remain a work force in the shadows of mainstream culture. Go to http://latinousa.kut.org to hear the full piece on line. Latino USA is a weekly news journal program that plays in more than 200 plus radio stations across the country. Make art that matters! José Torres-Tama ArteFuturo Productions 2426 Saint Claude Avenue New Orleans, LA 70117 www.torrestama.com 504.232.2968 NEW ORLEANS FREE PEOPLE OF COLOR OGDEN MUSEUM ART BOOK available at http://www.torrestama.com/ogdenbook/index.html ----- End forwarded message ----- PLEASE READ!! For various reasons, the ROOTS listserv will be closing up shop in the near future. The listserv has served dual roles. It has been discussion forum for ROOTS members. That role is being taken over by the new forums section on the ROOTS website. You find it under the *Communications* link, or just go here: http://www.alternateroots.org/forums/ The other purpose of this listserv is to allow us to share news, funding opportunities, event announcements, etc. with each other. 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