4037 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117

Opening Saturday April 9, 6 - 9 pm
Exibition Dates: April 9 - May 8

Lecture - Performance: Sat April 16, 5 pm

...brighter than a thousand suns...
Installation by Lala Rascic

The Good Children Gallery is pleased to announce the first New Orleans solo show by artist Lala Rascic,
featuring new installation work. The artist will also give a lecture-performance on April 16 at 5 p.m.,
Oral Traditions and Narrative Performance
, talking about oral epic traditions of the Balkans in reference to
her own artistic practice.

While Japan was facing an environmental and nuclear disaster the final phases of the new exhibition
...brighter than a thousand suns...
by Lala Rascic were taking place. Curiously, “environmental” and “nuclear”
occurred hand in hand with the word “disaster”, conveniently setting the stage and context for this exhibition
whose keywords are nuclear – environmental – disaster.

Quoting the Bhagavad Gita, Robert Oppenheimer described his experience of the first nuclear test Trinity as “
...brighter than a thousand suns...” This became the title of a book by German author Robert Jungk, chronicling
the discovery of nuclear energy and consequently, the atom bomb.

In this exhibition inspired by the Jungk book, wall painting, video and light combine into a site-specific ambient
installation. The book is only a departure point: the titles of the chapters are de-contextualized and re-considered,
its form appropriated, the meanings altered and changed, giving way to a new narrative.

The artist does not offer optimism but rather poses the question: How can the past inform the present? How does
an antiquated idea of a fall-out shelter resonate in today’s unstable world faced with an un-articulated yet
omnipresent threat of man-made or environmental disaster that can strike any time, any place? The motif of
the flash – a burst of light – is repeatedly portrayed, alluding to the instant when the catastrophe strikes: the shake,
the lightning bolt, the precise moment when the concrete gives, pillars topple, the levee breaks. When particles
and objects collide.

According to Rascic, “this seemingly ominous work is a satirical comment on contemporary society and my own

Lala Rascic, born in Sarajevo, lives and works between Zagreb, Sarajevo and New Orleans. She received her
artistic training at the Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb and the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. She has exhibited in
numerous group and solo shows internationally. Her work is part of the permanent collections exhibited in leading
national museums of art throughout the Balkans. She has attended artist-in-residence programs in Istanbul, Paris,
Vienna and New York. A member of Good Children Gallery since 2010, this is her first USA solo exhibition.

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