Andrea Dupree

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Hello fear, how are you today?

The fact that “South Louisiana culture” is broad, varied and as diverse as the ecosystem here does not escape me. Often I find myself describing my work as “documenting the culture of South Louisiana”. I’m aware that this will be a forever task, and entails much deeper exploration and explanation to be fully realized. It’s an amazingly scary and exciting undertaking and very important if we’re ever really going to convince the Big One$ to Spend the BIG money to restore and protect ALL of us “down here”. 

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Wandering into Images on a Saturday Night

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Vanishing Points

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Vanishing Points is a website that enables community members in South Louisiana to identify points of cultural significance that are threatened due to land subsidence, sea level rise and coastal erosion. The purpose of this project is to preserve this information for future generations of bayou residents while sharing noteworthy information of a people threatened by coastal land loss with the rest of the world. As part of an effort to document their threatened culture, community members log memories, interviews, and photos of places that have defined their community for generations, but are now disappearing.

This multi-faceted project continues to grow and evolve. We recently re-made the website and are currently working to create a short documentary about La Trouvaille in Chauvin, LA. Every time I think about this project I think about how fragile our unique culture is. Some think that our culture is lost- but this project enables me to see (and I hope enables you to see) that our South Louisiana culture is very much alive. Threatened, yes. But alive. Hopefully the threat of complete loss will empower us all to think more about what we can do to ensure it isn’t lost.

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Happy 13th Friday

firesSo many new paths to explore.

Eyes fixed to the expanding horizon.

Mind aflame with hope and inspiration.

(a little late, but) happy 2015.

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time warp: Great Grandmother Sylvania

Sylvania Langley

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2014, y’all

Have you heard? There’s another one coming. Anticipation is building and I’m struggling to trust in (all of) my resolutions for the new year  I’m enjoying some festive drinks and working away on a design project. Funny thing is I know I can be whatever I truly want to be, but the mix of misfortunes and shake-ups from 2013 left a trail of debris that I’m still working to clear. Confidence issues, or something. Maybe my hesitation to be totally joyful in joining the communal welcome is  just the “you’re supposed to reflect on the year and make the next one better” pressure. Maybe its just the grey skies and cold. Maybe its knowing what I really have to do to move on…grumpo1.jpg

Anyway, here are some arty/worky things from 2013:

  • ART of the BAYOU It was wonderful getting to know all these South LA artists and truly an honor to share their work.
  • Reconnected with an artistic collaborator (we first made videos in 2001!) through the Bayou project. This connection is proving to be one of the most powerful and positive occurrences in 2013. We’re planning a homecoming show, of sorts, in Houma during March 2014. Like us? hate us?…come to the show…you won’t be disappointed. Here’s one of the (many) videos I’ve made for my dear old friend Stephen Berger’s music.
  • Speaking of shows, I’m excited to start the new year in the company of some beautiful, talented artists on January 4th for “Moses Knightshead’s Heaven and Hell” at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum. I’m looking forward to this show and many more to come.
  • Began work with The Helio Foundation; currently  building a partnerships and working to bring arts-based programming to kids in and around Houma
  • Picked up an exciting graphic design job creating a walking map for Historic Downtown Houma, and brochures for the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center and the Houma Downtown Marina. I’ve got Creative Suite and I’m not afraid to use it!

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So, happy New Year. I wish you all the blessings of now and forever.  I’ll be welcoming 2014 in a quiet old house (save for the insane fireworks blasting around it) in my favorite city with my favorite kid, while enjoying the warmth of shared art, spiritual connection and future visions…..

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(Andrea Dupree)

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