Akasha Rabut

Mardi Gras 2013, Early Morning Parade, 2013

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Medium format film printed on Fuji professional silver halide paper
18.0 x 22.0 in (45.7 x 55.9 cm)
2 of 15
Signed on verso


This work ships from New Orleans, LA, US.


From Madeline Rose, Femaissance: Primavera Curatorial Director:
"As a photographer, I have always been captivated by the marching bands and dance crews of New Orleans high school students. As a curator, I found myself entranced by Akasha’s series, which fit so appropriately with the community-inspired celebratory theme of Primavera. I’ve attached my favorite image below that we exhibited. The student is surrounded by her team, the rest of whom have seemingly stopped to rest. But she isn’t quite there yet… We assume she’s tired because of her surroundings, but the beauty of this image lies in the subject’s indecipherable expression. Only she knows how she is really feeling, and we the voyeur are left wondering. In this sense, the subject owns both her emotions and the fleeting moment. She makes us uncomfortable because we can’t quite read her. It’s a discomfort that I associate with when men ask womxn to smile—assuming that because we aren’t outwardly expressing joy, we must be sad. The mysterious quality of the young woman’s inner psyche, coupled with her birdlike grace and costume we all know so well, breeds simultaneous familiarity and uncertainty, in a photograph I find deeply empowering."

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