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Introduction / Issue 16: The Cultural Visualization of Hurricane Katrina

It has been nearly six years since Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf of Mexico cutting a swathe of devastation and shock through the psyche of the American people. Exacerbated by the recent BP oil spill in the region, the storm and its aftermath remains an open wound for local residents and others affected by the disaster,leaving many […]

Contributors / Issue 16: The Cultural Visualization of Hurricane Katrina

Contributors Nicola Mann is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, New York. Nicola received a first class B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Creative Arts, Surrey, and an M.A. in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London. Mann’s dissertation draws on the interpretative […]

Spectacular Disaster: The Louisiana Superdome and Subsumed Blackness in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Brian Greening Often enough, as in the contemporary United States, the association of place with memory, loss, and nostalgia plays directly into the hands of reactionary popular movements.1 —Akhil Gupta and James Ferguson The pleasures of New Orleans come from a crucible of undeniable pain.2 —George Lipsitz On September 25th, 2006, the New Orleans Saints […]

Composing Catastrophe: Robert Polidori’s Photographs in After the Flood and Comparative Visual Records of Post-Katrina New Orleans

William Taylor INTRODUCTION The form of cities, their design, and construction have long made it possible to think about human society, its representation, and values. Likewise, the destruction of cities through various means, accidental circumstance or human error, and the representation of urban ruin have given historical, visual, and narrative form to diverse values governing […]

Figure 1. Artist’s rendering of Katrina Memorial. © Matthews International. Reproduced with permission

Encrypting Katrina: Traumatic Inscription and the Architecture of Amnesia

Lindsay Tuggle THE KATRINA MEMORIAL: ENCLOSING THE DEAD IN THE EYE OF THE STORM On August 29, 2008, the remaining unidentified and unclaimed victims of Hurricane Katrina were interred in mausoleums at the dedication of the New Orleans Katrina Memorial. In his commemorative address, Mayor C. Ray Nagin described the interment as signifying the enclosure […]

Post-Katrina Citizen Media: Speaking NOLA

Maria T. Brodine Much of the existing literature about the practice of blogging, citizen media/journalism, and other online “counterpublics” assumes that the emergence of a globalized “digital culture” is inherently democratic due to the fact that any participant is allowed “to post and upload files, information, and news without a formal editorial moderation or filtering […]