No Humans Involved

No Humans Involved
Library Shelf Location 17.NOHU
Publication Date 21 Dec 2021

The term "no humans involved" emerged shortly after the 1991 beating of Rodney King, when it was discovered that the Los Angeles Police Department was using the term as a shorthand for casework that involved Black and Latino men and sex workers. In 1994, Jamaican scholar and theorist Sylvia Wynter challenged her academic colleagues to consider how they themselves might be contributing to the cultural mindset that gave rise to this exclusionary definition of human. In particular, Wynter highlighted the strong influence the notion of race has on the definition of the human and the social hierarchies and injustices that result from this link.

No Humans Involved collects works by contemporary artists that serve as a response to Wynter's prompt. Among the artists featured are Eddie Aparicio, who uses large-scale, rubber casts of trees to document social and economic relationships between Latin America and the United States; Tau Lewis, a multidisciplinary artist who creates portraits out of culturally relevant found objects and recycled materials; and Wilmer Wilson IV, who investigates the marginalization of Black bodies in social relations through performance, sculpture, photography and other mediums. This collection of artworks from a diverse group of artists provides a contemporary response to Wynter's call to action, addressing the social divisions present today and exploring opportunities for social unity.

ISBN 9781942884767
Quantity 1
Pages 188
Author Erin Christovale
Format Paperback
Publisher DelMonico Books
Category Group Exhibition/Multiple Artists
Keywords Race, Rodney King, Black and Latino men, Social injustice
Related City/Region Los Angeles
Related Event No Humans Involved
Related Gallery UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Related Curators/Producers Erin Christovale, Vanessa Arizmendi
Language English

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