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54 x 36.5 in. (137.16 x 92.71 cm)

Michel Varisco (New Orleans, LA, 1967 – ) Primary

Object Type: Photography
Medium and Support: dye-sublimated photographic print on aluminum
Credit Line: Gift of an anonymous donor
Accession Number: 2021.4.2

Web Notes
This photograh depicts Shelbey Leco swimming with her grandfather Vincent Leco’s handmade trawling net. Her family, originally from the Philippines, hunted, trapped and fished in what was known as Manilla Village.

This work is part of the artist's King Tides series, for which she writes, "King Tides are the highest tides. When the moon is closest to the earth and when the earth, moon, and sun are in alignment, this is when the gravitational pull is strongest. But what happens when the King Tides are ever more frequent—or even continual—as predicted in the year 2050 New Orleans?" Varisco uses “magical realism” to describe a thalassic colony adapting to life underwater brought on by political and industrial kings who neglected to heed the signs of the Anthropocene.

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