The exhibition Looters: West African Architecture in the Global Imaginary, will display hidden archives of West African architecture, whose legacy is visible in the Gulf U.S. and beyond. Held autumn 2019 at Tulane’s Small Center, the exhibition consists of 1) projected architectural details from drawings, prints, and photographs of 18th-19th century Ouidah (departure site of the first slave ship to Louisiana), Dahomey (today Bénin) and Benin City (today Nigeria), projected onto layered fabric forms; 2) infographics; and 3) a sculptural response to Benin City’s destroyed city walls. A children’s art session will introduce young New Orleanians to this architectural history.
Artist: Looters: West African Architecture in the Global Imaginary
New Orleans, LA
Award Amount: $3500