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In this conceptually-driven photographic project, PROFILED by Ken Gonzales-Day, looks to the depiction of race and the construction of whiteness as points of departure from which to consider the evolution and transformation of Enlightenment ideas about freedom, class, gender, and even the location of the soul, in sculpture of the human form, the portrait bust in particular. Profiled begins after these dated ideologies and their aesthetic manifestations have run their course, but the project is as much about the present as it is the past. Cast, carved, burned, and broken, these are the shadows of people who once lived in this world, or in the imaginations of their makers; they are subtle reminders of the kinds of philosophical, metaphysical, spiritual, legal, and scientific claims that once depended upon appearance alone. This project integrates these motionless—yet multivalent—forms into the complex history of racial formation. Encompassing everything from memorials of emperors and kings to gods and goddesses, Orientalist follies, and racial typologies, together they provide a new perspective on what it means to be profiled in our own time.
Ken Gonzales-Day: Profiled is an artist book, the first in a series of PAC (Photographic Arts Council) Prize editions published by the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Lead support is generously provided by the Photographic Arts Council of LACMA. The PAC Prize acknowledges the central role played by books in the history of photography. It is awarded biennially to photographic artists or curators whose development will be fostered by a publication.
- Artist book edition (950 unsigned copies)
- 144 pages, 12 x 10 inches
- Laminated cover with Savanna cloth spine
- Deluxe limited edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the artist, with inset print measuring 10 x 8 inches
- Exhibition print measuring 22 x 17 inches, limited to an edition of 15 with signed Artist book