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KIM BERGERON Curator Kim Bergeron will also be contributing work to the group show. “My “pivot” is exploring the world of NFTs,” says Bergeron. A non-fungible token (NFT) is a unit of data stored on a digital ledger, called a blockchain, that certifies a digital asset to be unique and therefore not interchangeable. NFTs can be used to represent items such as photos, videos, audio and other types of digital files.” Bergeron considers Reinvention to be a sequel of sorts to past exhibitions she curated, commemorating historical moments in time. “In 2015, I curated Hope for Habitat: Katrina X, which focused on ten years of post-Katrina destruction and recovery while also serving as a fundraiser for East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity. In 2016, the Stop the Madness. Artists’ Voices. Critical Conversations exhibition focused on many of the polarizing issues facing the nation and the world. The subject matter addressed included global warming, political dissension, social divides, and high crime rates. As is the case with Reinvention, each of those exhibitions included artists’ statements addressing how their lives had been impacted by those historic times.” Bergeron details her philosophy behind the show. “As a staunch arts advocate, I believe in the power of art to lift our spirits, especially during challenging times—just look how many videos of virtual choirs and musicians, streamed Broadway performances, virtual art galleries and exhibitions brought us so much joy during the pandemic shutdowns. The arts connected us with people all around the world and brought joy despite the dismal effects of COVID-19. Arts became our universal language of hope.

Of course, the arts play an essential role in documenting history. One need only look back to see the cave paintings in Grotte de Lascaux, which taught us so much about our ancestors via the scenes that they painted depicting prehistoric life. (It’s really mind-boggling when you pause to think about this—those works were created an estimated 70.000 years ago!) The same opportunity to learn about the past has been the case through the years that followed, with moments in time captured in paint, in literature and in music, through varied art movements. With the profound effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had in our community and around the world, I believed it was important for us to document this moment in time so the story is not limited to a few paragraphs in a textbook, but instead is experienced on a much deeper level. Those who join us for the event are invited to become part of each artist’s world through shared experiences and a glimpse into the mindset as shaped by the pandemic. Copies of the artists’ works will be included in a time capsule that will connect us and share meaningful, personal stories with future generations.” Reinvention: Creative Pivots in the Pandemic is made possible through the support and contributions of the City of Slidell, Northshore Media Group (Edge of the Lake, the Highway Radio and The Lake Radio,) Slidell Magazine, Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition, Artists & Causes, and The Northshore Collaborative business network. The time capsule will be sponsored by St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.

Reinvention will feature visual art, digital work, animation, music and literary arts. A 3D music video is to be presented on opening night and during the White Linen and Lagniappe event in Olde Towne Slidell on Saturday, August 14, 2021. The mixed-media exhibition will run through August 27, 2021. Viewers can participate in the exhibition by submitting personal stories to a COVID-19 time capsule, preserving their sentiments for future generations. The St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce will serve as a satellite location where White Linen and Lagniappe guests can contribute notes for the time capsule.

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