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Citizenship is generally understood as a political status: a set of rights possessed by privileged individuals and administered by a government. But the creation and consumption of visual images has been crucial in expanding this rather narrow, legal reading of citizenship into a more inclusive cultural category of belonging. The ease with which technologically (re)produced images—prints and photographs—can be disseminated enables remote spectators to form communities outside of political definitions. Visual Citizenship takes its title from scholar Ariella Azoulay, who defines the term as a practice in which reading images is an active civic skill rather than a passive aesthetic experience. When we, as spectators, engage with images, we can recognize the subjects of those images as fellow citizens. And in doing so, we move closer to realizing a collective humanity that defies nationalistic modes of citizenship.

The exhibition gathers prints and photographs from the MSU Broad collection that depict political events and social movements in which human rights are variously enacted and violated. The works prompt us to reconsider citizenship within and beyond our relationship to state power: Who defines what it means to be a citizen, and who is absented from that discussion? What role does the circulation of images play in the creation of community? Visual Citizenship challenges visitors to engage with images as tools of civic participation and political action.

Visual Citizenship is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and curated by Georgia Erger, Assistant Curator. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Eli and Edythe Broad endowed exhibitions fund. To learn more visit BroadMuseum.MSU.edu

Ken Gonzalez-Day Observatory Point, Unidentified man, n.d. Erased Lnychings Set III, 2006-2019 6 x 4.5 in.

Ken Gonzalez-Day
Observatory Point, Unidentified man, n.d.
Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
6 x 4.5 in. 

Ken Gonzales-Day Verso, Lynching of Thomas Thurmond & John Holmes, San Jose, CA 1933 Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019 Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock 4.5 x 6 in.

Ken Gonzales-Day
Verso, Lynching of Thomas Thurmond & John Holmes, San Jose, CA 1933
Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
4.5 x 6 in. 

Ken Gonzalez-Day Hangman's Tree, Lynching of Arthur L. Compton & Joseph Wilson, Helena, MT, 1870 Erased Lnychings Set III, 2006-2019 Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock 6 x 4.5 in.

Ken Gonzalez-Day
Hangman's Tree, Lynching of Arthur L. Compton & Joseph Wilson, Helena, MT, 1870
Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
6 x 4.5 in. 

Ken Gonzalez-Day Lynched by a mob of about 300: William Null, Garland Stemier, Louis Moreno, Laurence H. Johnson, Treka, CA 1895 Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019 Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock 6 x 4.5 in.

Ken Gonzalez-Day
Lynched by a mob of about 300: William Null, Garland Stemier, Louis Moreno, Laurence H. Johnson, Treka, CA 1895
Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
4.5 x 6 in. 

Ken Gonzalez-Day Lynching of Frank MacManus, Minneapolis, MN, 1882 Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019 Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock 6 x 4.5 in.

Ken Gonzalez-Day
Lynching of Frank MacManus, Minneapolis, MN, 1882
Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
6 x 4.5 in. 

Ken Gonzalez-Day A Necktie Party, Unidentified Man, n.d.  Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019 Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock ​4.5 x 6 in.

Ken Gonzalez-Day
A Necktie Party, Unidentified Man, n.d. 
Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
​4.5 x 6 in. 

Ken Gonzalez-Day Vengeance in Siskiyou, Lynching of Clyde Johnson, Yreka, CA, 1935 Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019 Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock 6 x 4.5 in.

Ken Gonzalez-Day
Vengeance in Siskiyou, Lynching of Clyde Johnson, Yreka, CA, 1935
Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
6 x 4.5 in. 

Ken Gonzalez-Day Lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abraham S. Smith, Marion, IN 1930  Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019 Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock 6 x 4.5 in.

Ken Gonzalez-Day
Lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abraham S. Smith, Marion, IN 1930 
Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
4.5 x 6 in. 

Ken Gonzalez-Day Unidentified African American man, 1928 Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019 Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock 6 x 4.5 in

Ken Gonzalez-Day
Unidentified African American man, 1928
Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
6 x 4.5 in

Ken Gonzalez-Day Verso, 4 Unidentified Mexicans?, n.d.  Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019 Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock ​4.5 x 6 in.

Ken Gonzalez-Day
Verso, 4 Unidentified Mexicans?, n.d. 
Erased Lynchings 
Set III, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
​4.5 x 6 in. 

Ken Gonzalez-Day 4 Unidentified Mexicans?, n.d.  Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019 Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock 6 x 4.5 in.

Ken Gonzalez-Day
4 Unidentified Mexicans?, n.d. 
Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
6 x 4.5 in. 

Ken Gonzalez-Day Verso, Lynching of Leo Frank, Marietta, GA 1915 ? Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019 Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock ​4.5 x 6 in.

Ken Gonzalez-Day
Verso, Lynching of Leo Frank, Marietta, GA 1915 ?
Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
​4.5 x 6 in. 

Ken Gonzalez-Day Lynching of Mexican, Mazatlan?, n.d.  Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019 Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock 6 x 4.5 in.

Ken Gonzalez-Day
Lynching of Mexican, Mazatlan?, n.d. 
Erased Lynchings Set III
, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
6 x 4.5 in.

Ken Gonzalez-Day Lynching of Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes, San Jose, CA 1933 

Ken Gonzalez-Day
Lynching of Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes, San Jose, CA 1933 
Erased Lynchings Set III,
 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
4.5 x 6 in. 

Ken Gonzalez-Day Men preparing to lynch African American, c. 1920-1940 

Ken Gonzalez-Day
Men preparing to lynch African American, c. 1920-1940 
Erased Lynchings Set III, 2006-2019
Archival injet print on rag paper mounted on cardstock
6 x 4.5 in. 

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