- March 20 - July 31, 2018
CIIS Main Building
4th Floor Gallery
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Free and Open to the Public
White Gaze | Michelle Dizon with the poetry of Việt Lê
Please join us for an artists' talk and book party with Michelle Dizon and Việt Lê in conversation with Laura Fantone and Targol Mesbah. In conjunction with the exhibition WHITE GAZE, these artists and scholars will be talking about the role of photography-and specifically the images of National Geographic-in reinforcing racist hierarchies in the cultural imaginary of the West.
Reception and Artist Talk
Desai | Matta Gallery
Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 3:30PM
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
WHITE GAZE, an exhibition of works by Michelle Dizon with the poetry of Việt Lê. deconstructs an archive of National Geographic magazines to explore the visual and narrative structure of the publication's White Gaze, the Western-centric bias that informed its editorial decision-making for decades. Drawing from her archive of magazines, Dizon uses poetic subtraction, the erasure of most of the text on the page, to give us back the original language in fragments or threads that together write a decolonial counterpoint to the Western-centric focus of the pictures.
In April National Geographic will publish an issue that explicitly embarks on a reckoning with its past and its complicity in reinforcing the racism of the white American narrative through a photographic language. Join us to talk about this history and explore the implications of the magazine's decision.
White Gaze has also been published as a book by Bay Area-based Sming Sming Books, Chicago-based Candor Arts, and Los Angeles-based at land's edge, and includes text by Việt Lê, who uses Dizon's work as a starting point for a poetic exploration of the legacies of war and empire.