In the exhibition Breach, Saar focuses on the catastrophic Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927, in which she found striking parallels to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Not only did the earlier disaster expose dreadful conditions for African American sharecroppers and tenant farmers, but also blatant discrimination in rescue efforts and allocation of government relief funds and services. The artist examines the complex interaction of social, cultural, and political factors associated with environmental disasters and our response to them.
Water imagery is woven throughout this exhibition of mixed media sculpture, painting, and works on paper.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.