Open Call

On the historical reality and artistic representation of Lynchings

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No Funding
Free / No Costs


Live Streamed discussion between Ken Gonzales-Day and Lawrence Weschler

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No deadline


September 10, 2021 - September 11, 2021


No meals

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Activists, Photography, Research, Scientists, Social Practice, Thinkers, Visual Arts


English, Italian, Korean, Spanish

Program Description

“Most of all, beware, even in thought, of assuming the sterile attitude of the spectator, for life is not a spectacle, a sea of grief is not a proscenium, and a man who wails is not a dancing bear.” --Aime Cesare Over the past several decades, Los Angeles based photographer Ken Gonzales-Day has been engaged in one of the most trenchant and consequential explorations both of the historical reality of lynching and of the aesthetic and ethical complications involved in blithe latter day cultural appropriations of incidents which from the very start had been cast as prurient spectacles. Several years of archival research culminated, in 2006, with his publication of Lynching in the West (1850-1935), which revealed the shocking and long-occluded extent of extralegal executions not only of blacks but of Latinos and others as well, particularly in California. This research in turn informed several subsequent projects, including one in which he compiled often hand-tint

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