The Crawfish Circuit

Friday, July 31, 2015 – Friday, August 28, 2015,
Venue: Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery
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ARTIST: Giraud Polite
RECEPTION:  Friday, July 31st, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Crawfish Circuit addresses the process and implications of documenting a musical soundscape from an insider’s perspective. Giraud Polite's research interrogates the photographer’s privilege within a cultural, historical, and artistic framework. His study of southwest Louisiana’s culture examines the relationship between music and social welfare, and explores the messages between the photographic image, sound, and memory.

 

"The nutritional value of the Crawfish Circuit exhibit inspires conversation through its photographic micro - narratives, all the while energizing the installation space with jubilant and haunting sounds of the southwest Louisiana soundscape."  

-Giraud Polite​

 

Bio:

As an artist and recipient of the Creative Ph.D. in Humanities-Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas Giraud Polite has more than 15+ years of visual communications experience and has spent the past ten years visually documenting and researching a variety of ethnic groups on five different continents.

He is currently a member of the Society of Photographic Education and the Urban Creative Network where he attends conferences and participates in panel discussions about current photographic and design shifts and trends. Giraud also serves as member, mentor, and adviser to programs such as Making Connections and the Brookhaven College Film Club. As a Louisiana/Texas artist, Giraud has exhibited works extending from digital photography to multimedia arts in a variety of museums, cultural centers, and educational institutions.

 

Artist Statement:

Working in the areas of digital photography and multimedia arts, my projects explore themes such as cultural ritual and memory. Photographically my current work explores the photograph as a sacred and reproducible object. Presented as relic or artifact and departing from the conventional photograph on paper, I choose to use industrial materials, such as aluminum, wood, and plexiglas in an attempt to create permanence within the story of the image, in a sense to fix the image by adding weight and mass, to affirm the existence of the photograph as a sculptural object.



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