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Social engagement and photography talk set for Wed., Jan. 16

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Judy Natal, an associate professor of photography at Chicago’s Columbia College, will lead an artist conversation Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Joan Mitchell Center‘s Indigo Building in New Orleans. The event will begin at 7 p.m.

The Indigo Building is located at 2285 Bayou Road, at that bricked street’s intersection with North Rocheblave Street.

The artist conversation is being billed as, “Photography That Thinks, Acts, and Sees: Social Engagement and the Shifting Sands of Photographic Practice.” It is being presented in conjunction wit an exhibit of Natal’s “Future Perfect” series at The Front gallery in the Crescent City’s St. Claude Arts District through Feb. 3.

Natal’s discussion will focus on photographic and artistic strategies to enact social change, ones developed by past and present practitioners of social engagement.

Natal has published works to her name including “EarthWords” and “Neon Boneyard Las Vegas.” Her work is included in permanent collections at the California Museum of Photography, the Center for Creative Photography, the George Eastman House, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

The Front gallery is located at 4100 St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans.

Image: Tyvek Suits, from Judy Natal’s “Future Perfect.”