Reboot Ideas Presents: The Art of Visual Activism

Photographer Gillian Laub, whose exhibition Family Matters, is currently on view at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, joined curator Maya Benton on March 12 to explore two decades of Laub’s work and what it means to be an artist in this moment of increasingly polarizing politics and rising antisemitism. The program was introduced by Sally Martin Katz, curatorial associate, photography at SFMOMA.

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Set against the backdrop of Laub’s powerful Family Matters exhibit, the conversation explored the ways Laub combines her personal identity with her work as a photographer, filmmaker and visual activist. Her work interrogates areas of societal conflict and tension to prompt conversation and connection with her viewers. This conversation included her work Testimony, documenting  the lives of Muslims, Christians and Jews living in Palestine and Israel; Southern Rites her long term project about adolescents grappling with the legacy of segregation and racially motivated violence in the American south, and iconic images of public figures from LeBron James  to Dolly Parton. 

Gillian and Maya examined what’s at stake and what we can do to ensure a thriving future for Jewish voices and perspectives.

This program was held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in conjunction with Gillian Laub: Family Matters. Gillian Laub: Family Matters is organized by the International Center of Photography, New York

This program is supported by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

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