The Hammer Museum and Clockshop present the livestream premiere of Carmen Argote’s new short film LASTLIGHT, followed by a Q & A with the artist and the museum’s associate curator Erin Christovale.
Shot during the first wave of the pandemic, LAST LIGHT is a meditation on walking and memory in Los Angeles. Argote describes her walking habit as synonymous with thinking, a way of taking in and digesting the conditions of her environment. Through walking, the artist “deconstructs and reconstructs my ideas, thoughts, and self.” Combining video and still images of an evacuated city with an intimate voice-over, the narrator reflects on feelings of vulnerability and betrayal, and draws on childhood memories to make sense of a city transformed. Over the course of the piece, day moves to night as the artist traces a path from demolition and sickness to envisioning a different world.*
Also this week, the artist will launch her limited edition print BLOAT—a LACE edition guided by artist and printmaker Eric Gero—and join a conversation with LACE chief curator and director of programming Daniela Lieja Quintanar.
When news of a novel coronavirus arrived in the United States in early January, xenophobia was not far behind. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, reports of racist attacks against Asian Americans increased. As the number of confirmed cases exploded in America, racial disparities in health outcomes became starker. The hardest hit are often Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities—manyof whomare essential workers. Beforeand throughout the pandemic, Black and Brown people across the nation have continued to be murderedat harrowing and unacceptable rates by the police. Join For Freedoms, GYOPO, LACMA, and Stop DiscriminAsian (SDA) for a conversation about the pandemic’s impact on the movement for racial justice, and the country’s long standing health, economic, and racial inequities.
The trauma of racialviolence reaches further than any single individual, especially when the news cycle about Black deaths is unavoidable. Panelists will discuss the way violent images of Black suffering have been mediated, circulated, and weaponized; the reinvention of one’s relationship to those images; the utilization of those images without re-traumatization; and the power of art to address anxiety and other harms of racism.*