Mardi Gras 2013, Early Morning Parade by Akasha Rabut

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Mardi Gras 2013, Early Morning Parade by Akasha Rabut

500.00

In Mardi Gras Day (2013), Akasha Rabut eternalizes the end of this Edna Karr student’s Carnival season. The student is surrounded by her team, the rest of whom have seemingly stopped to rest. But she isn’t quite there yet… We assume she’s tired because of her surroundings, but the beauty of this image lies in the subject’s indecipherable expression. Only she knows how she is really feeling, and we the voyeur are left wondering. In this sense, the subject owns both her emotions and the fleeting moment. She makes us uncomfortable because we can’t quite read her. It’s a discomfort associated with men ask womxn to smile—assuming that because we aren’t outwardly expressing joy, we must be sad. The mysterious quality of the young woman’s inner psyche, coupled with her birdlike grace and costume we all know so well, breeds simultaneous familiarity and uncertainty, in a photograph that is empowering, timeless and vibrantly New Orleans.

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Akasha Rabut is a photographer and educator based in New Orleans. Her work

explores multi-cultural phenomena and tradition rooted in the American

South. Akasha is also the founder of Creative Council, a mentoring program for young people in New Orleans pursuing careers in the arts. Akasha’s photographs

have appeared in museums and galleries around the world. Anthology Editions

will publish a volume of her collected work in early 2020. She holds a BFA from

the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Akasha Rabut

Mardi Gras 2013, Early Morning Parade

Medium format film printed on Fuji professional silver halide paper

18” x 22” 20" x 24" framed

$500