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Ken Gonzales-Day show at Santa Clara University

Ken Gonzales-Day
Marietta, GA (Leo Frank), 1915, 2013
Chromogenic print
36 x 46 in.

Ken Gonzales-Day is a Los Angeles-based artist whose interdisciplinary practice considers the historical construction of race and the limits of representational systems, which range from lynching photographs to museum displays. This exhibition, curated by SCU Senior Lecturer Renee Billingslea, draws from his widely-acclaimed Erased Lynching series (2006). This series, and his book, Lynching In The West: 1850-1935 (2006), has slowly transformed our understanding of racialized violence in the United States and raised awareness of the history of lynching in California.

Gonzales-Day is also the keynote speaker for the 2019 Society for Photographic Education (SPE) West/Southwest Chapter Conference, November 1-3, 2020 held at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA in conjuction with his exhibition. Join us for a conference co-hosted by the West and Southwest Chapters of SPE and the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University, in which we will explore how photography is used to challenge injustice, pursue social equality, and advance human right through creative skills in order to inspire social movements, to witness, to resist oppression, to pose the difficult questions, and to stimulate debate and awareness about critical social issues.

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Society for Photographic Education West and Southwest Chapters Conference

All-Inclusive: Photography for Social Justice

November 1-3, 2019

Ken Gonzales-Day Keynote Address: From Absence to Unseen
de Saisset Museum, Auditorium from 7:00-8:00pm

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