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A part of the Algiers Holiday Festival and Bonfire

Location: On the Algiers Point RiverFront and Levee

December 3rd, 2011 at 8PM



The drawers of Napoli’s FLOODWALL were returned to New Orleans to be laid to rest on December 3, 2011. All 700 drawers were burned in a pyre erected on the West Bank levee of the Mississippi River at Algiers Point. The location incorporated the failures of the levee-system in Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. The physical sacrifice of FLOODWALL bestowed psychic cleansing. Where once the drawers stood as a testament of loss, of the silence that accompanies a return to the scene of tragedy, and the cost of our communities, their immolation then served as the final dissemination of collective illusions. FLOODWALL’s burning trumpeted the continued rebuilding of New Orleans, while resonating the persistent and unforgiving attendance of united bereavement.


Official Press Release



Le Feu et l’Eau/Fire and Water Rural Arts Celebration

NUNU Art and Culture Collective
Arnaudville, LA

December 3rd, 2011




Plotting Coordinates for the FLOODWALL Cremation

Official Prospect 2 Satellite Public Art Installation

511 Royal Street, New Orleans LA

October 20th, 2011 - January 29th, 2012



FLOODWALL — the sculptural and conceptual monument to the private memories lost in the disaster following hurricane Katrina -- is crossing the Atlantic from Berlin to New Orleans to be laid to rest on the banks of the Mississippi. FLOODWALL’s 700 drawers will be exhibited and torched December 3rd at 8:30 on the Algiers Point levee in a pyre erected as a symbol of hope and forgiveness for the people of New Orleans.

October 20th through January 29, images of these hoarded household drawers are on display in the French Quarter, stacked into the windows of the facade of 511 Royal Street — imagery which marks both the beginning and end of a journey. Evening viewing of the lighted works is recommended. The drawers on Royal St. are accompanied by international nautical signaling flags which are being updated regularly, detailing the progress of FLOODWALL during this final journey home towards closure and cremation.





Click here to download the press release for the exhibition.



On Board of the Kurier Ship

Berlin, Germany

September 10, 2010 – October 15, 2010


Floodwall was presented in Berlin from September 10th to October 15th, 2010. It was installed on the 1920s “Kurier” ship moored at several locations on the Spree, the exhibition visited different neighbourhoods across the city. Floodwall Berlin was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, New Orleans artist Jana Napoli and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, as it presented the Berlin public with an above & below deck installation that murmured with the voices and stories from New Orleans, as the city confronted yet another disaster, the BP oil spill.

Click here to download the press release for the exhibition.










Under-Standing Water and Before (During) After: Louisiana Photographers Respond to Katrina

Houston, TX

September 10 - October 23, 2010


Under-Standing Water features sculptural installations by Rondell Crier, Jana Napoli and Rontherin Ratliff with a monumental photographic work by Jan Gilbert, Debra Howell, and Krista Jurisich. The works connect viewers to the perceptions, experiences, and memories of six artists whose lives were impacted by the storm.



Wroclaw National Museum

Wroclaw, Poland

July 14, 2010 – September 5, 2010


Floodwall was on display at the National Museum Wroclaw in Wroclaw, Poland from July 14 to September 5, 2010.  Floodwall Wroclaw was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, New Orleans artist Jana Napoli and IMPART.

Click here to see a slide show of the opening.

Click here to see photos from the closing.

Click here to see construction and installation photographs from the exhibition.


Wroclaw Overview from FLOODWALL.




The following clip is from Polish newspaper Gazeta's coverage of the FLOODWALL installation in Wroclaw.
(A brief advertisement precedes it.




Previously On Piety — A Traveling Group of Large Scale Multidisciplinary Installations

Contemporary Arts Center
New Orleans, LA

April 17, 2009 – July 12, 2009


Click here to purchase a printed copy or download a free PDF version of the catalog for the exhibit.

Click here to view the catalogue online.




The Flight after the Flood.   New Orleans – The City Left Behind

German Emigration Center
Bremerhaven, Germany

February 2, 2009 - May 10, 2009

From the press release: "In a special exhibition from February 2nd-May 10th, 2009 the German Emigration Center Bremerhaven will present the aspects of inland migration using New Orleans as an example. The exhibition takes a look at the city, which was left behind through the eyes of the ones who have returned and those who had stayed. For the special exhibition the German Emigration Center will present the installation ”FLOODWALL“ in Bremerhaven from the artist Jana Napoli, which has already been shown in New York and Baton Rouge, Louisiana."





On Piety - A parallel venue to the Prospect.1 Biennial in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

November 1, 2008 – January 18, 2009

Seven large scale multidisciplinary installations curated by Jana Napoli and Rondell Crier, featuring her FLOODWALL. View the YouTube video podcast here:




Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Cincinnati, OH

August 28 – September 14, 2008

FLOODWALL makes its Mid-West debut at the brand-new Clifton Cultural Arts Center.




The Blanton Museum of Art

University of Texas at Austin

February 16 – May 25, 2008

This video about FLOODWALL by Jana Napoli is included in the group exhibition, Workspace: In Katrina’s Wake




Louisiana State Museum

Baton Rouge, LA

July 13 – October 13, 2007





World Financial Center, NY

Liberty Street Bridge

New York, NY

January 4 – February 9, 2007