Artist: Meghan Kirkwood
Project: Four Blocks in Chalmette
Description: The photographs in Meghan Kirkwood’s Four Blocks in Chalmette were taken at four intervals within a four-block area of Chalmette, Louisiana between 2008 and 2017. Located east of the lower Ninth Ward, Chalmette sustained heavy flood damage during Hurricane Katrina. The neighborhood Kirkwood photographed, dense with rental properties, has been particularly slow to revive. Interested in chronicling both damage and “incremental changes,” Kirkwood’s black and white stills “do not attempt to tell a comprehensive story of the hurricane or its aftermath,” but are a clear-eyed portrait of a place in gradual and strained recovery.