Thursday 28 June 2018, 19:00
The city at its margins. Imperial Courts: 1993-2015
corso Magenta, 61 – Milan
In 1992, Dana Lixenberg travelled to South Central Los Angeles for a magazine story on the riots that erupted following the verdict in the Rodney King trial. What she encountered inspired her to revisit the area, and led her to the community of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts. Returning countless times over the following twenty-two years, Lixenberg gradually created a collaborative portrait of the changing face of this community.
Over the years, some in the community were killed, while others disappeared or went to jail, and others, once children in early photographs, grew up and had children of their own. In this way, Imperial Courts constitutes a complex and evocative record of the passage of time in an underserved community.
Imperial Courts was published as a book by Roma Publications (designed by Roger Willems, shortlisted at Paris Photo / Aperture Photobook Award) and is also a web documentary co-created with Eefje Blankevoort.
First exhibited at Huis Marseille Museum in Amsterdam in December 2015, the series received the Deutsche Boerse Award in 2017.
It was exhibited at Micamera in January 2016, is currently exhibited in Budapest (Mai Mano House, through Aug 16) and will open on September 6 at Belfast Exposed.
On Sept. 14, a new exhibition called American Images will open at GRIMM gallery in Amsterdam.
At the end, Dana Lixenberg will sign the copies of her books at the Bookshop curated by Micamera
This talk is organized within the Public Program curated by Giulia Zorzi that accompanies the exhibition Michael Wolf: Life in cities