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Exhibit examines life in Louisiana and the influence of Hurricane Katrina

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POSTED: December 18, 2006
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Exhibit examines life in Louisiana and the influence of Hurricane Katrina

Black and white photographs and video help to tell the story of "Louisiana Left Behind: A French Indian Perspective of Life along America's Endangered Gulf Coast."

The art exhibit by Monique Michelle Verdin will be on display from Jan. 8 to Feb. 9. An artist reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jan. 11 with an artist's talk at 6 p.m. All events will be held at the Blackbridge Hall Gallery at Georgia College & State University and are free and open to the public.

Even though her work has been influenced by the effects of Hurricane Katrina, Verdin began her work of documenting her French Indian heritage in 1998. Her work reflects the environmental, social, and economic climate that exists in Louisiana.

She was inspired to pick up her camera after hearing her relatives in Point au Chien, La., describe life living only a half-mile from toxic, open oil waste pits.

"What I have found on this documentary journey is not just a story of environmental injustice, but rather a timeless tale of strong people, living simple lives, at the edge of the earth, admired, because they are survivors," said Verdin in her artist's statement.

Along with her personal project, Verdin has developed her talents working with architectural and documentary photographers. In 2003, she designed, edited and published an art and literature magazine in New Orleans with Think Tank Press, Inc. Since the 2005 hurricane season, Verdin has been working to raise awareness through lectures and exhibiting her work. She has also served as a guide to researchers, architects, urban theorists and college students through the devastation of Orleans and St. Bernard parishes.

Blackbridge Hall Gallery is located on S. Clarke St., across from the Old Governor's Mansion. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. This event is sponsored by Lynda Banks and the Department of Art at Georgia College.

For more information call Carlos Herrea, gallery director, at (478) 445-7025.

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For more information, contact Ben Holcombe in University Communications at (478) 445-4477.