LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES
Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
Landscape With Figures is a live performance by Andrew Ondrejcak in collaboration with 4 short story writers, 20 performers from the host city of New Orleans, and fashion artisans from Mali, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso and Haiti, though the United Nations’ Ethical Fashion Initiative.
Visually and thematically, Landscape with Figures is a contemporary iteration of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s genre paintings, a 17th century style in which artists turned their gaze away from the aristocracy and royalty of “history painting” and, instead, looked closely at the peoples that populate villages, at simple actions, at communities.
Landscape With Figures focuses on relationships between the lives of the unrelated. Despite having different stories and diverse aesthetics, a network of unrelated figures create a portrait of the interconnectivity of all humans, with each individual both the center of the world and part of something they cannot comprehend.
The following production stills were taken at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, February 2019.