A Series About Environmental Threats Facing New Orleans, and More, On Display at the 2018 SVA Thesis Exhibition
In New Orleans, the phrase Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler, which is Cajun French for “let the good times roll,” is used as a call to party. A series of photographs by Alison Gootee with the same name depicts the opposite of celebration. Instead, the images capture the infrastructure, some of it crumbling, built to protect New Orleans from environmental threats like Hurricane Katrina. Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler, in Gootee’s work, seems to suggest a parade towards the apocalypse, in which the city marches on to its own extinction.
Gootee, who was born and raised in New Orleans, lost her family home to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In a statement about Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler, she says, “I have a lot of anxiety about the continuing existence of New Orleans.”
A 2018 MFA candidate in the Photo, Video, and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York, Gootee’s work will be on display along with other MFA candidates at the SVA 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition. Held at two locations — the SVA Theatre, located at 33 West 23rd street, and the SVA Chelsea Gallery, located at 601 West 26th Street—the show will be open from June 23 through July 14.
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Below is a selection of images from Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler. All images © Alison Gootee.