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October 28, 2019 8:12 AM   Subscribe

“ The artwork will involve hundreds of reenactors in period specific clothing marching for two days covering 26 miles. The reenactment, the culmination of a period of organizing and preparation, will take place upriver from New Orleans in the locations where the 1811 revolt occurred—the exurban communities and industry that have replaced the sugar plantations will be its backdrop. The reenactment will be an impressive and startling sight—hundreads of Black re-enactors, many on horses, flags flying, in 19th-century French colonial garments, singing in Creole and English to African drumming.“ On November 8-9, 2019, hundreds of re-enactors will retrace the path of the largest slave rebellion in United States history, embodying a story of resistance, freedom and revolutionary action.
posted by The Whelk (12 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
Now this is the kind of reenactment you want to see.
posted by praemunire at 8:58 AM on October 28, 2019 [6 favorites]

This sounds awesome, I'd love to witness this in person.
posted by tobascodagama at 9:37 AM on October 28, 2019

Wow I would love to see this!!
posted by emjaybee at 9:38 AM on October 28, 2019

Me too. This sounds excellent.
posted by doctornemo at 10:22 AM on October 28, 2019

I went to high school with the artist who is organizing this. He's been talking about it for at least a few years.
posted by adamrice at 10:25 AM on October 28, 2019 [9 favorites]

Wow, this sounds amazing and like it should be filmed for like PBS.
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 1:26 PM on October 28, 2019

Oh wow - yeah this is a great idea, and I'm sure is taking a ton of planning and care; and alongside the thing itself is the negative space, the reminder that we don't see more of this kind of re-enactment and of just why that is. Wow, wow.
posted by LobsterMitten at 3:31 PM on October 28, 2019 [2 favorites]

I especially like the community sewing circles (via FB events). Two Indigenous scholars at the conference I went to this weekend talked about collective beadwork as a creative, communal and political practice. Making together, learning together.
posted by spamandkimchi at 4:21 PM on October 28, 2019 [2 favorites]


Back in 2001, artist Jeremy Deller (of Acid Brass fame, previously) created a historical re-enactment of The Battle of Orgreave, the prime example of police brutality during the miners' strikes of 1984-5. It began with a face-off in a field and ended in a cavalry pursuit through the streets of the village. Afterwards, dozens of miners were prosecuted in what was described as "the biggest frame-up ever".

Many of the original strikers participated in the re-enactment. Mike Figgis made a documentary [full length, Youtube] about the project / art piece, including lots of interviews with those who witnessed the actual "Battle".
posted by doornoise at 4:31 PM on October 28, 2019 [2 favorites]

Oh hell yes. [popcorn.gif]
posted by rmd1023 at 5:41 PM on October 28, 2019

Twitter thread of a journalist who followed the re-enactment, with lots of photo and video (including when they met up in the French Quater)
posted by The Whelk at 11:50 AM on November 10, 2019 [1 favorite]

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