This Day (Re-enactment of lynching, McCook, S.D., 1925, from the Erased Lynching Series) / 2006-Present Cyanotype print on paper
96 H x 144 W inches
Courtesy of the artist
Ken Gonzales-Day: Shadowlands
November 14 - December 15, 2017
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery
Ken 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.
A survey of Gonzales-Day’s work brings up one of his most poignant questions: What is the difference between collective resistance and racially motivated violence? It is a question being asked after recent tragic events in cities around the country, such as Ferguson and Los Angeles. By presenting historical occurrences in conjunction with contemporary events Gonzales-Day collapses the historical distance and exposes the unchanging reality of racialized violence in the United States.
This presentation of Ken Gonzales-Day’s work is organized by Christopher Atkins, Curator of Exhibitions & Public Programming, at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. The exhibition at DePauw University is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, Peace & Conflict Studies, and the Department of Art & Art History.