Wall Songs, Freedom Portraits

Who are today’s migrants? What are their anthems?

  • Project Created By

    New Orleans Airlift

    New Orleans Airlift is an artist-driven initiative with the mission to collaborate to inspire wonder, connect communities and foster opportunities through arts education and the creation of experimental public art.

  • Project Location
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Composer
    Composer/lead artist in residence

    Jeremy Thal

  • Key Collaborators
    In Shadow

    Activists and artists contributing their trove of migrants oral archives + visual arts including photography, puppets and installation

  • Project Dates
    Start Date
    May 14, 2021
    End Date
    May 16, 2021

Wall Songs, Freedom Portraits

Who are today’s migrants? What are their anthems?

Artist-driven organization New Orleans Airlift, artist-in-residence Jeremy Thal, and immigrant rights groups Familias Unidas en Accion and In Shadow are creatively partnering to present [Wall Songs] [Freedom Portraits] at Airlift’s celebrated Music Box Village, an interactive installation and performance platform comprised of artist-built musical houses. Inspired by the metaphor of a sonic village and the 20ft tall walls that surround it, [Wall Songs] [Freedom Portraits] will examine the humanitarian crisis at the border and in our own state. The resultant work will be a multimedia immersive journey that portrays the lives, experiences and dreams of immigrants newly calling Louisiana home and those forced to be here.

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