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Celestial Venus, 2011
Exhibition lightjet print
22 x 17 inches
Edition of 15 
Print is signed and numbered on the reverse
Print: Celestial Venus (cast from the antique in Uffizi), Paris, École des Beaux-Arts, Paris by Ken Gonzales-Day is an artist exhibition print and 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. 

In this conceptually-driven photographic project, PROFILED by 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.
Click here to view PROFILED limited edition catalogue with print.

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