Hannah Chalew and Lily Brooks
October 9th - 30th 2021
Panel Discussion: Saturday October 23rd 1 pm
Presenting the work of Hannah Chalew and Lily Brooks in an interdisciplinary visual conversation around capitalism, ecosystems, and systems of oppression.
Together, these works examine the relics of past and present: in surfaces above ground and below, in ties between sugar and petroleum, and in the presence of water and sediment. These works visualize the local landscape in relationship with global concerns around climate change, anthropogenic landscape, and our collective uncertain future.
Hannah Chalew is an artist, educator and environmental activist from New Orleans. Her artwork explores what it means to live in a time of global warming with a collective uncertain future, and specifically what that means for those of us living in Southern Louisiana. Her practice explores the historical legacies that got us here to help imagine new possibilities for a livable future. Her work is specifically rooted in Southern Louisiana, where she lives, as a microcosm of our shifting time.
Lilly Brooks holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art + Design. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and featured in publications such as NPR’s Central Standard and the Los Angeles Times. She is the 2019 recipient of an Archive Documentation and Preservation Grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation for her ongoing project, The Spillway. Her editorial clients include NPR’s Weekend Edition and the Financial Times. Lily teaches as an Assistant professor of Photography at Southeastern Louisiana University and was recently named Edward G. Schlieder Foundation Endowed Professorship in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. She lives and works in Baton Rouge and is a member of The Front, an artist-run project gallery in New Orleans.