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Prospect 5: «Yesterday we said tomorrow» by Prospect New Orleans at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, USA

October 23–January 23, 2021

Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow is the fifth edition of Prospect New Orleans, a citywide art exhibition. Inspired by New Orleans jazz musician Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s 2010 album Yesterday You Said Tomorrow, the title of the exhibition centers the unspoken present, the place where past and future come together, and where other courses of action become possible. The exhibition title also implies the deferral of meaningful change, which often comes slowly or not at all.

Yesterday we said tomorrow is informed by the current moment and New Orleans itself, a city built on inextricable layers of history. This exhibition, the course of which has been marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, a historic election, and Hurricane Ida, presents art that challenges the dominant historical record. The artists included her viscerally manifest suppressed histories. They reveal what for many are lived realities and connections with the past, attesting to its constant, animating presence in the now. They model ways of memorializing, mourning, knowing, resisting, and sustaining oneself and community—practices that define daily life in New Orleans. Throughout this exhibition, artists have transformed research, making, witnessing, and imagination into deeply felt projects that suggest, together, we might yet plot a different future.


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