We are indebted to an especially well-informed correspondent for steering us towards the documentation for a “convening” this past April at the Radcliffe Institute For Advanced Study.
Conceived and brilliantly directed by Sarah Lewis, the event explored themes of race, identity, power and justice in relation to a wide variety of visual materials, including both that serve the mutating yet ever-present regime of racial terror and those that form the heart of a powerful and emancipatory counter-narrative.
Given the ongoing eruption of xenophobic and racist messaging and actions, such questions (and such convenings) are more essential than ever. The below image links to an introductory video, worthy of your close attention.
Below, excerpts from an interview with Sarah Lewis related to the opening of a museum exhibition that posed similar questions in the context of a gallery installation, this time with a focus on what constitutes American citizenship.