LAFAYETTE, La- In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Acadian Cultural Center hosts the work of Lafayette-based visual artist, photographer, and filmmaker Olivia Perillo. An exhibit of Perillo's photographs is on display at the center through Thursday, October 31.
Special showings of Migration, a five-minute film co-directed by Perillo and Syd Horn, are scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.; Perillo and Horn will be on hand to discuss their work.
The exhibit, film screenings, and center are free and open to the public.
The Acadian Cultural Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is located at 501 Fisher Road in Lafayette. For more information, call 337-232-0789 ext. 201 or visit www.nps.gov/jela.
"Olivia is a very talented artist," said Park Ranger Jodie Bacque said. "Her photographs show the stark contrast between the wet south and the dry west. The film is very well done and puts the idea of home in perspective: is it a physical place or a place we carry with us anywhere we land?"
Perillo's photography is heavily inspired by the natural world and captures her observations of her surroundings as she sees them.
Perillo stated that she's "so moved that I can be a full time photographer and artist and filmmaker and collaborate with really amazing people in the area."
She documents her home base of south Louisiana and her second home of the American Southwest.
Her work can be seen at OliviaPerillo.com.
The film Migration was directed and produced by Perillo and Horn. It features three women: Michelle Colón of Ponce, Puerto Rico, Pauline Neto of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Florette Orleans of Paris, France, answering the question "What is home/" Migration includes French and Lingala subtitles and was made in ten days as part of the Kinomada short film project series in November 2018.
It was shown at Lafayette's Southern Screen Film Festival 2018 and will be shown at the New Orleans Film Festival in October.