Who can read the news today without seeing a headline and a visceral photograph recounting yet another shooting of an African American person? The stunning immediacy of and access to multiple forms of contemporary media have switched the terms of documentary photography's singular power. The documentary photograph's urgent purposes to warn, witness, remember, and mourn are now simultaneously called into action. Artist lauren woods has radically redefined the terms of documentary practice in her intermedia installation and research project, American Monument: 22/2019, co-produced with curator Kimberli Meyer. This project shines a sharp light on institutionalized policies of racial injustice carried out by police across...
Review: lauren woods: American Monument: 22/2019
Andrea Liss is full professor emerita of visual culture and cultural theory in the School of Arts at California State University San Marcos, where her teaching, scholarship, and community engagement focus on the intersections among feminist theory, photography, and social justice. She is the author of Feminist Art and the Maternal (2009) and Trespassing through Shadows: Memory, Photography and the Holocaust (1999), both published by the University of Minnesota Press.
- Views Icon Views
- Share Icon Share
- Search Site
Andrea Liss; Review: lauren woods: American Monument: 22/2019. Afterimage 1 June 2020; 47 (2): 59–63. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/aft.2020.472011
Download citation file: