Opening to the public 10/26/10
Côte Blanche Productions was commissioned to create several video installations as part of the Louisiana’a State Museum’s major new Katrina & Beyond exhibit. These original pieces by video artists Michelle Benoit and Glen Pitre will permanently reside in the historic Presbytere next to St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans’ Jackson Square.
Living With Water is a poem to south Louisiana in moving images and music, projected onto a screen shaped like an Elemore Morgan painting.
Resilience chronicles Louisiana’s long history of disasters --- storms & floods, epidemics & invasions --- and our undiminished capacity to recover from them.
Hurricane Rita provides first hand accounts of Louisiana’s “forgotten storm.”
Reducing Risk looks at how we might make coastal life safer.
Life in Balance, the most ambitious of the five, swirls with imagery, some joyous, some heartbreaking, as it chronicles how devastation can be molded into hope. On a wall built of storm-salvaged windows, each glazed in black glass, 14 video screens follow 50 different Louisianans out of despair and into rising determination to rebuild all that was good and replace what was not with something better.
Lake Charles-born, Paris-educated Michelle Benoit is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, novelist, playwright, museum designer, and non fiction author. Her work has been translated into more than two dozen languages.
Cut Off, LA, born and reared Glen Pitre is best known as writer/director of the big screen “gumbo westerns” Yellow Fever, Huit Piastres et Demie!, Belizaire the Cajun, The Scoundrel’s Wife, and The Man Who Came Back. America’s most famous film critic, Roger Ebert, calls Pitre “a legendary American regional director.”