Ashley Hunt, codirector of the Cal Arts photography and media program, will perform Notes on the Emptying of a City at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in Public Space One in downtown Iowa City. He also will present a free talk at noon that day in 1703 Studio Arts.
In this free performance, a narrator pieces together the sounds, images, and stories of a documentary before a live audience. What looks like a traditional slide lecture turns into storytelling, recounting the experiences of an artist working with a group of social justice activists in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Hunt leads viewers through difficult questions of race, visibility, and speech; the writing of history; and how the total political crisis of Katrina continues to speak to the state of our political lives.
His recent exhibitions include the Third Bucharest Biennial, Documenta 13, and many other venues.