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Laura Napier

Sea of Oil: Story Circle Show & Tells

I am excited to launch the first in a series of participatory, oil & gas show and tells at DiverseWorks in Houston, TX next Friday, March 8th, 6pm. All participants will receive a copy of an artist produced book, created from selected stories and images, to be released in fall 2019.

Sea of Oil traces visual and narrative social cultures in Southeast Texas, where oil, gas, and petrochemical industries are embedded. Through gathering stories and objects, Sea of Oil looks at how oil and gas cultures intersect with everyday life, as we are faced with massive, global climate change.

If you would like to host a future Sea of Oil: Story Circle Show and Tell, and/or if you are in Houston and would like to participate in next week's show and tell, please do get in touch.

Houston is an oil and gas town, and here, the industry is part of everyday life. Share your swag, and your story, during this event. Participants are invited to bring personal items related to the oil and gas industry from coffee mugs, t-shirts, key chains, etc. for a show and tell. Items brought by participants will be discussed and photographed. All participants will receive a copy of an artist produced book, created from selected stories and images, to be released in fall 2019.

IMPORTANT: spaces in this workshop are limited and RSVP is required. Please email LN@lauranapier.com with the subject line "Story Circle" to reserve your spot.

This show and tell is the first in a series of Sea of Oil story circles that will shine a light on oil & gas communities through collecting and preserving stories from industry workers and their families, residents of fenceline communities, activists, social scientists, artists, and fellow Houstonians.

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Laura Napier is an artist and independent curator currently working in Houston on an artistic research project about the social cultures of the oil and gas industries of Texas. Her work explores behavior, sociology, and place through documentation, installation, and participatory and collaborative performance.

Laura Napier is presenting Sea of Oil: Story Circle Show & Tell, in conjunction with the curatorial project "Collective Presence," on view at DW through April 14, 2019.

This project is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.