Jennifer Schwartz Gallery is proud to present “Hurricane Story: Photographs by Jennifer Shaw.” The exhibition will continue through Saturday, August 14th. A portion of the proceeds from print and book sales will be benefit Bayou Rebirth.
Shaw holds a BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. She teaches photography at the Louise S. McGehee School, is a founding member of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, and chairs the annual PhotoNOLA festival.
Her photographs have been published in B & W Magazine, Shots, and The Oxford American. She has exhibited internationally, and her work is included in many private and public collections, including the Huntsville Museum of Art, The New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
When Hurricane Katrina struck in August of 2005, Jennifer was nine months pregnant and due in less than a week. In the early hours of August 28th, she and her husband loaded up their small truck with two cats, two dogs, two crates of negatives, all their important papers and a few changes of clothes, and evacuated to a motel room in southern Alabama. Monday August 29th brought the convergence of two major life-changing events, the destruction of New Orleans and the birth of their son. It was two long months and 6000 miles of travel before they were able to return home.
Hurricane Story is a series of constructed self-portraits which illustrate the artist’s experiences and emotions during this time of exile. What began as an attempt to process the anger and anxiety associated with unprecedented events, grew into a graphic novel told in photographs, a strange true tale of one family’s cathartic journey through disaster and rebirth.