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August 19, 2015

GPT Art Program features H.C. Porter’s Backyards & Beyond Katrina Exhibit

The photography of H.C. Porter is showcased in the Concourse of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Titled “The Photographs: Backyards & Beyond,” Porter’s photographs document the outcome and stories of Hurricane Katrina.

For 25 years, photographer, printmaker and painter H.C. Porter has shared her contemporary southern vision with the world through mixed media paintings. With photography as the base, she is able to capture scenes and people from her native Mississippi.

Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, Porter set out to the battered coastline to document her fellow Mississippians. While she photographed, collaborator Karole Sessums recorded the people’s voices, allowing them to tell their own personal stories.

For the entire year, Porter made repeat trips to the various communities that line the Mississippi Gulf Coast. By year’s end, Porter had taken nearly 9,000 photographs, each documenting this significant time in our nation’s history.

Porter narrowed the photographs to 81 images that she later transformed into her powerful and colorful paintings. The paintings, combined with the voices of the subjects, made up the nationally traveling exhibition, Backyards & Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories — the first year after Katrina.

Two and a half years in the making, the national premiere of Backyards & Beyond: MIssissippians and Their Stories — the first year after Katrina, opened to the public at the Mississippi Museum of Art in downtown Jackson in 2008.

Through the black and white photographs, H.C. Porter beautifully portrays the strength of the human spirit, using her camera lens to help tell the stories that need to be told. They play an important role in signifying the strong documentary aspect of this indelible project.

Mississippi Power is sponsoring H.C. Porter’s exhibition, Backyards & Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories — the first year after Katrina, to reopen as a permanent installation in the new Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum. The museum is set to open soon.

For more information on H.C. Porter’s upcoming Backyards & Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories — the first year after Katrina exhibition at the Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum please visit, www.wavelandgroundzero.com.

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