Los Angeles artist Ken Gonzales-Day will discuss his ongoing series Erased Lynchings; a series of photographs that began as a response to anti-immigration/anti-Latinx rhetoric that led to an increase in violence and vigilante activities against Latinxs and immigrants along the US. and Mexican border. Gonzales-Day takes historic photographs of lynchings and removes the victims’ bodies from them to address the erasure of certain minorities from historical accounts of lynchings.
Gonzales-Day is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice considers the historical construction of race. He supplements his photographs with research and writing that engage critically with history, art history, and Western conventions of race, blending historical tragedies with current events. Using photography and video, he explores trauma and resistance as experienced and embodied by racially oppressed populations in the U.S.
USC Fisher Museum of Art, Free
Oct 21, 2021, 2PM