Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Fall / Winter 2020 L. Kasimu Harris

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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L. Kasimu Harris

New Orleans, LA
September 8 - February 5, 2021

L. Kasimu Harris is a New Orleans-based artist whose practice deposits a number of different strategic and conceptual devices in order to push narratives. He strives to tell stories of underrepresented communities in New Orleans and beyond. Harris has shown in numerous group exhibitions across the US and two international exhibitions and has had four solo photography exhibitions. In 2018, his War on the Benighted series was a part of Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories, a group exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Harris’s feature for Edible New Orleans was selected for the book Best Food Writing 2016 and his essay, “The Dismantling of Southern Photography,” was published in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s catalog, New Southern Photography, in 2018. Harris is among 60 artists selected nationwide for State of the Art 2020 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and has an upcoming (2020) solo exhibition, Vanishing Black Bars & Lounges: Photographs by L. Kasimu Harris, at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh. Harris earned a BBA in Entrepreneurship from Middle Tennessee State University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Mississippi. He was a 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock and is on the Board of Trustees at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. He is also on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Photo Alliance and is a member of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance and the Antenna Gallery Collective.

“My foundation as a visual communicator is rooted in fact-driven journalism and the quest for truth remains paramount to all facets of my storytelling. However, art has allowed me the freedom to explore, examine, and recreate factual events or issues that are not permissible in news. That approach is best reflected in my constructed realities, where I examine social justice issues in the African American community.” 

  • The Prison Transport Trade, 2018, paper with a text and image panel, 26 x 32

  • The Gift of Freedom and Justus, 2018, paper with a text and image panel

  • Freedom Day: A Boundless Love, 2018, paper with a text and image panel, 26 x 32

  • L. Kasimu Harris
    Photo by Abdul Aziz

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