Prospect New Orleans announces closing week with art installation at Lee Circle

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Prospect New Orleans announces citywide closing week
contemporary art triennial, Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow.

Prospect.5 takes place every 3 years and features 51 artists from around the world in 17 venues across the city, including museums and cultural institutions, parks, restaurants and more!

The artists’ works range from sculptures and paintings to video installations and interactive performances.

Events run until Sunday, January 23, 2022, which is the last day of the exhibition.

P.5: Yesterday we said Tomorrow, hosted by Artistic Directors Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi, is the
fifth iteration of Prospect New Orleans.

The sculpture presented is by the artist P.5 Simone Leigh and is called Sentinel (Mami Wata). The sculpture is located at the base of the pedestal of the former Robert E. Lee statue.

The title of this work means guard or guardian, and it honors the work of New Orleans activists, citizens, and city officials to remove symbols of white supremacy while suggesting the possibility of a new protective spirit in this central downtown location.

Sentine (Mami Wata) takes as its starting point the diversity of African cultures in New Orleans, evoking African folklore and spiritualities.

The sculpture’s ceremonial spoon shape references a status symbol in Zulu culture, so honored in New Orleans.

The sculpture is temporary and will be removed on July 22.

According to a Prospect.5 spokesperson, they do not replace monuments. One of the objectives is to explore the possibilities of new forms that the monuments could take.

To learn more about Prospect.5, visit their website.

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