For their seventh edition of UNTITLED, ART Miami Beach Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce our participation in the fair with a group presentation featuring a major work by Hugo Crosthwaite. The gallery will also present an exciting selection of new works by Caitlin Cherry, Ken Gonzales-Day, Chris Engman, Lia Halloran, Laura Krifka, Federico Solmi, and Britton Tolliver.
Gonzales-Day will be exhibiting a rarely exhibited set from the Erased Lynching Series. He has been widely recognized for the Erased Lynching series, in part because the erasure of the lynching victim allows the viewer to see, for the first time, the social dynamics of the lynching and helps us to recognize the performative dynamics of whiteness within the complex history of racialized violence in America. Rather than re-victimizing those murdered and photographed in the lynching postcard, the erasure of the lynching victim allows the viewer to literally refocus their attention on the crowd – complete with their jeering and smiling faces.
The series was sparked by anti-immigration, anti-Latinx rhetoric, that directly led to an increase in vigilante activity against Mexican and other immigrants along the U.S/Mexican border in the early 2000s. Challenging the traditional understanding of racialized violence in America, the project specifically addressed the historical erasure of Latinos, Native Americans, Chinese, African-Americans, and others, from historical accounts of lynching in the American West.
Since 2006, the series has continued to grow to address, and includes cases from many regions of the Nation, and even Mexico. By removing the bodies of the lynching victim, the project sought to resist re-victimizing those killed in acts of collective violence and to create a discursive space that might allow viewers to consider, not only the crowd, but the larger social conditions that made such extrajudicial killings possible in nearly every state of the nation. To learn more about the Erased Lynching Series click here.
No artwork can address the horror of Lynching in the United States, nor the lasting trauma of lynching on African-American communities and families across the nation. The project also included a written text which detailed many cases of lynching in the State of California and expanded the number of known cases in the state from 50, to over 350, as well as draw attention to the lynching of Asians, Blacks, Jews, Latinx, Native Americans, in the American West. Gonzales-Day’s first monograph, “Lynching in the West: 1850-1935” (A John Hope Franklin Center Book) was published by Duke University Press in 2006.
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OCEAN DRIVE AND 12TH STREET
DEC 4 – 8, 2019