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Dana Lixenberg in Conversation with Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

Tuesday, December 12

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY


Join Aperture for a conversation between Dana Lixenberg and Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa discussing her long-term series Imperial Courts, currently on view at Aperture as part of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017.

Dana Lixenberg won the Deutshce Börse Photography Foundation prize for her publication Imperial Courts (Roma, 2015). In 1992, she traveled to South Central Los Angeles for a magazine story on the riots that erupted following the verdict in the Rodney King trial. What Lixenberg 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.

Dana Lixenberg(b. 1964, the Netherlands) studied Photography at the London College of Printing (1984-1986) and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (1987-1989). In 1993 she was awarded a project grant by The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture for a series of portraits at the Imperial Courts Housing Project in Los Angeles. Since 2008 Lixenberg has been revisiting the Imperial Courts Housing Project in Los Angeles for a follow up to the series from 1993.

Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa is a photographer, writer, and former editor of the contemporary photography website The Great Leap Sideways (2011—2017). He has contributed essays to catalogues and monographs by Vanessa Winship, George Georgiou, Marton Perlaki and Paul Graham, been an artist-in-residence at Light Work, guest edited the Aperture PhotoBook Review, and written for Aperture, FOAM magazine, the Barbican and The Photographer’s Gallery. He has lectured at Yale, Cornell and The New School, and is a faculty member in the photography department at Purchase College, SUNY.

Image: Dana Lixenberg, Wilteysha, 1993 © Dana Lixenberg, Courtesy of the artist and Grimm, Amsterdam

Aperture’s exhibitions and programs are also funded, in part, with support from the Grace Jones Richardson Trust, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



Dana Lixenberg in Conversation with Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa