Museum purchase through funds contributed by Jimmy and Pixie Reiss
Statement by L. Kasimu Harris, on his artistic response to Fox Rich’s experience: My artistic practice modulates among photojournalism, cultural documentation, personal and daily life, and constructed realities, all in an effort to tell stories of underrepresented communities in New Orleans and beyond. To tell Fox Rich’s story, I pulled from my fact-driven skill set that I learned as a journalist. After listening to one interview and then conducting another, I reinterpreted three of the most important events from Rich’s experiences with mass incarceration, a system she likens to slavery. My initial visualization was to stage an exact recreation of those moments. After deep consideration, I used constructed realities to more fully convey Rich’s emotions over the duration of her family’s combined two-plus decades of imprisonment, and reuniting with her husband, Rob Rich. For me, using constructed realities allowed a freedom to explore, investigate, and recreate factual events or issues that are not permissible in news. Jessika Thibodeaux portrays Fox Rich, and Myron Thibodeaux as Rob Rich.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions: