The Vanishing Black Lounge

Artist: L. Kasimu Harris
New Orleans, LA

Photographer L. Kasimu Harris is exploring the disappearing black bars and lounges in New Orleans- places which were historically the people’s respite from the rest of the world and the unfair treatment they faced. These watering holes became a safe space, where patrons could buy affordable drinks, eat, listen to music and socialize. Exploring the people, places, and their ephemera, Harris’s multimedia documentation examines a shift in demographics as gentrification expands and the potential effects on the black cultural traditions of New Orleans, as a number of these spaces continue to shutter.

Award Amount: $6000