Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, the fourth iteration of this citywide exhibition opening November 18, 2017, and running through February 25, 2018, alludes to the city’s unique cultural land-scape as a creative force.
Cultural synthesis and syncretism inform many of the central issues explored in Prospect.4. The rich diversity of New Orleans is rooted in a long his-tory of human interactions includ-ing colonization, the transatlantic slave trade, waves of migration and displacement and Gulf Coast trade buoyed by the city’s position as the American South’s largest port. Many artists in P.4 explore related themes, connecting them to contem-porary geographies and cultures around the world.
Prospect.4 overlaps with the city of New Orleans’s tricentennial celebration—the three-hundredth anniversar y of the founding of Nouvelle-Orléans by the French in 1718. Because of this serendipitous intersection, P.4 takes the city’s distinctive character as a point of departure to investigate global concerns, while also directing more of its focus southward, placing greater emphasis on art and artists who engage with the American South and the Global South, particularly those from North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and the European countries that colonized these regions.
List of artists
Larry Achiampong; Derrick Adams; Abbas Akhavan; John Akomfrah; Njideka Akunyili Crosby; Michael Armitage; Louis Armstrong; Kader Attia; Radcliffe Bailey; Rina Banerjee; Rebecca Belmore; Maria Berrio; Sonia Boyce; Katherine Bradford; Margarita Cabrera; María Magdalena Campos-Pons; Andrea Chung; Edgar Cleijne & Ellen Gallagher; Donna Conlon & Jonathan Harker; Minerva Cuevas; Wilson Díaz; Mark Dion; Alexis Esquivel; Genevieve Gaignard; Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad; Tony Gleaton; Jon-Sesrie Goff; Wayne Gonzales; Barkley L. Hendricks; Satch Hoyt; Evan Ifekoya; Alfredo Jaar; Rashid Johnson; Kahlil Joseph; Patricia Kaersenhout; Brad Kahlhamer; Kiluanji Kia Henda; Taiyo Kimura; The Kitchen Sisters: Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva; Runo Lagomarsino; Pedro Lasch; Maider López; Jillian Mayer; Darryl Montana; Dave Muller; Lavar Munroe; Paulo Nazareth; Rivane Neuenschwander; Jennifer Odem; Odili Donald Odita; Yoko Ono; Horace Ové; Zak Ové; Dawit L. Petros; Quintron and Miss Pussycat; Dario Robleto; Tita Salina; Beatriz Santiago Muñoz; Zina Saro-Wiwa; John T. Scott; Zineb Sedira; Xaviera Simmons; Penny Siopis; Cauleen Smith; Hank Willis Thomas; Hong-An Truong; Naama Tsabar; Michel Varisco; Monique Verdin; Kara Walker; James Webb; Jeff Whetstone; Peter Williams