We’ve all seen the images of the exploded Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the depressing images of oil-covered birds and wildlife littered on the coast, but how many of us really grasp the full impact of the BP oil spill disaster on the individuals living on the Gulf Coast? Inhabitat is hoping to change all this and present the human face of the BP oil spill disaster with a groundbreaking new art exhibit we’re launching in NYC called ‘Mired in the Bayou‘, a mixed-medium exhibit explores the Gulf Coast communities that have been left in financial and emotional ruin as a result of the spill. This provocative art exhibit will be opening next Friday, October 15 at 99% Gallery in New York and will bring the human face of the BP oil disaster to light like no other media has done thus far. If you’re in town this day please join us for the opening reception, and if you can’t make the exhibit, or can’t wait to see the photos, click through our gallery and watch the video trailer ahead.
Bayou La Batre is a small town of approximately 2,500, long known as the seafood capital of Alabama. However, over the past decade, foreign imports, the rising cost of diesel fuel, and overfishing have eroded the seafood industry that supports this community. Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina slowed business even further; the community was just beginning to recover when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April 2010. In the wake of the disaster, BP has thrown astonishing amounts of money at this small town, fracturing the community as competition for this “free money” has pitted citizens against one another. Worse still, the influx of capital and subsequent drama have distracted from the more ominous reality of what will happen when the oil money stops coming and the community is left to survive without an industry.