Vision & Justice Project
The art of citizenship
On April 25-26, 2019, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University will host Vision & Justice, a creative convening that will consider the role of the arts in understanding constructions of citizenship, race, and justice, with a particular focus on the African-American experience.
The award-winning Vision & Justice Aperture publication features photographs from both African American and non-African American photographers coupled with commentary by present-day scholars, writers, poets, playwrights, and curators. The publication includes an essay on Frederick Douglass by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and a dialogue between cinematographer Bradford Young and his colleague Ava DuVernay, director of Selma and several other films.
The over 40 works on display range from prints by Kara Walker and Glenn Ligon that challenge the nexus between vision and justice during slavery to photographs by Bruce Davidson and Gordon Parks that synoptically summarize events from the segregation era through the civil rights movement.
Today, as we are awash with images, and as social media has allowed us to witness racially motivated injustices with a speed unimaginable until recently, we have had to call upon skills of visual literacy to remain engaged global citizens. This course will allow us to understand the understudied historic roots and contemporary outgrowth of this crucial function of visual literacy for justice in American civic life.
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