Faces of NOLA

In January-February 2017, Clemence Devienne went to New Orleans to paint the men and women who keep New Orleans’s artistic traditions alive: Mardi Gras Indians, a second line dancer, a member of the Skull and Bone Gang, musicians, and artists.
Clémence Devienne’s vivid portraits transport you into the world of New Orleans’ artists, painters, and writers who are reinventing the city post-Katrina. While New Orleans has gone through tough times in the past, the city that gave birth to Jazz has managed to come out stronger, thanks in large part to its residents: Deacon, the guitarist, Alfred, the Mardi Gras Indian, Anita, the “Baby Doll” and many others.

 

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Clemence Devienne painted more than thirty portraits on the spot. Painting people live means that you spend long hours with them, in their workplace or at their home. The conversations revolved around the meaning that the inhabitants give to their artistic engagement in a city shaped by slavery, racial segregation and the long-term consequences of Katrina. She tried to capture the exchanges and the atmosphere on the day of the portrait in the final painting, thusleaving a trace of the encounter.

Realized during a stay in January 2017, portraits, about thirty, are at the once a homage to the inhabitants and a gateway to the neo-Orleans world.

Visages de la Nouvelle-Orléans, mardi gras indians portraits

At Alfred Doucette’s house

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At the barber shop

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At the neighborhood story project

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Nat Williams’s portrait

exhibited from apr 6

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Big chief Alfred Doucette’s portrait

exhibited

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Bruce Sunpie Barnes’s portrait

disponible

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Anita Oubre’s portrait

not available

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Ron’s portrait

exhibited from apr 6

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Alfred Doucette’s portrait

not available

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Deacon John Moore’s portrait

available

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Bruce Sunpie Barnes’s portrait

exhibited

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Keelian Boyd’s portrait

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Big chief Keelian Boyd’s portrait

exhibited

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Arlet ‘s portrait

exhibited from april

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Deacon John Moore’s portrait n°2

available

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Deacon John Moore’s portrait

not available

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Nat Williams’s portrait

exhibited

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Dappa’s portrait

exhibited

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Sam’s portrait

exhibited from apr 6

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Jana’s portrait

exhibited from apr 6

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Ebony’s portrait Exemplaire

exhibited from apr 6

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Waukeesha’s portrait

exhibited from apr 6

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Jan Ramsey ‘s portrait

exhibited

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Deacon John Moore’s profile

available

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Waukeesha’s portrait

available