Identifier

etd-11132008-102953

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans: Vestiges of a Neighborhood is a photo-documentary of the remnants of one of America’s most unique and culturally distinct neighborhoods. Three years after Hurricane Katrina devastated this neighborhood, it lies in ruin, slowly returning to nature. All that remains of the community that once occupied the Lower Ninth are the dilapidated buildings, the crumbling homes, and the small possessions left behind. For the past three years I have explored the Lower Ninth Ward, discovering the remains of a community rich in tradition, family, and religion. Through the use of black and white photographs and the panoramic format, the tragic landscape and the broken architecture come together to give a greater perspective of the fragile state of the neighborhood. In this past year I have created a portrait of this neighborhood, to serve as a memorial to the loss of the Lower Ninth Ward community and as a means of preserving what is left.

Date

2008

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Thomas Neff

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Fine Arts Commons

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