ON THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10 at 6pm MICHEL & RODGER WILL DO A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF THE SEA BED at OCTAVIA BOOKS, 513 OCTAVIA ST (@ LAUREL)
Introducing THE SEA BED, —a collaboration between poet Rodger Kamenetz and artist Michel Varisco.
This handsome 8×10 paperbound edition features a cover and 13 photographs by Michel Varisco accompanied by 13 poems by Rodger Kamenetz in a dialogue of images, visual and verbal, focused on the sea.
Faced with Louisiana’s ongoing rise in sea level, Michel Varisco uses magical realism to imagine a world of the not too-distant future, when our life as we know it will be overwhelmed. Rodger Kamenetz’s poems speak to the unconscious meanings of the sea and how the sense of being overwhelmed plays out in our dreams. In The Sea Bed, the artists have allowed the photographs and poems to engage each other side by side exploring both the inner and outer meanings of our current environmental crisis and invite the reader to participate in a dialogue of imagination.
DIPINTO PRESS new edition of THE SEA BED. Available here:
A limited edition of 50 copies sold out quickly and all proceeds were donated to the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw , a state recognized tribe in Southeast Louisiana who are contending with the effects of rising sea levels due to climate change. The tribe also suffered devastating damages from Hurricane Ida in summer 2021. For more information about the Dulac tribe and to contribute directly to their efforts to survive please visit their site
FROM THE TRIBAL WEBSITE:
The Grand Caillou/Dulac Band tribal peoples have been living in our ancestral traditional village of Grand Caillou/Dulac along the Louisiana Gulf Coast for centuries. Our ancestors were primarily of the historical Biloxi, Chitimacha and Choctaw but also Atakapas and Acolapissa Tribes. Sustaining the village was done by trapping, fishing, hunting and farming. Our people still continue to live off the water and the land to the best of their ability today but our tribe is in a serious crisis. The traditions and cultural practices that were handed down by our ancestors is far less sustaining due to drastic environmental changes brought on by oil and gas exploration, erosion, salt water intrusion and climate change. We lose an average of a football field of land every 100 minutes and that means every day is a fight to save our tribe from losing our homelands, our culture and our identity and avoid extinction. Find out how you can help.
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