Paul Chan: Waiting for Godot in New Orleans A Field Guide

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Paul Chan: Waiting for Godot in New Orleans A Field Guide

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“Waiting for Godot in New Orleans. A Field Guide”, published by Creative Time Books in 2010, records the project led in 2007 by artist Paul Chan in New Orleans. In November 2006, Chan visited New Orleans. “Friends said the city now looks like the backdrop for a bleak science-fiction movie. (...) I realized it didn’t look like a movie set, but the stage for a play I have seen many times.” That play was Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”, a play that has often been successfully staged in politically charged circumstances, such as a prison (San Quentin), and during a war (the Siege of Sarajevo, directed by Susan Sontag). Chan staged four free outdoor performances of Godot in two New Orleans neighborhoods. This volume presents essays and photographs, elucidating the terrible symmetry between Godot and post-Katrina New Orleans, and, as Chan writes, “the cruel and funny things people do while they wait: for help, for food, for hope.”

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