Los Angeles-based artist and writer, Clayton Campbell, will be conducting a workshop as part of his on-going participatory photographic project, Words We Have Learned Since 9/11 on Thursday 31 July from 14:00 – 16:00 at the Michaelis Galleries (Upper Gallery).
Initiated in 2005, Campbell’s projectestablishes an international dialogue about cultural difference and how persons view their future. Campbell has invited over 1000 people to participate in Words We Have Learned Since 9/11 with each participant answering two questions: “What new words have you learned since 9/11, or what words did you know that have taken on a new meaning for you since 9/11.” Each participant is photographed with their chosen words, and their portrait added to the exhibition.
In 2014, more than a decade after September 11, 2001, Campbell explains that the most important word in the title of the project is “since”. Words We Have Learned Since 9/11 is not directly about 9/11, but about everything that has happened to people since then. “What is happening now, where are we going, how do we feel? What new words are we learning, what words have changed for you?” asks the artist.
Words We Have Learned Since 9/11 has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Higher Bridges Art Center, Enniskellen, Northern Ireland; Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea; University of Nevada Las Vegas; WYSPA Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland; New Media Center, Kurdestan; Museum of Dubrovnik and Zagreb, Croatia; Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran; International Center of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; Three Shadows Art Center, Beijing; and the Exploratorium, San Francisco.
Clayton Campbell is a cultural producer working for the past 35 years as a visual artist, arts writer, administrator, and consultant to international philanthropic foundations. From 1996-2010 he was the Co- Executive and Artistic Director of the 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica, California, where he worked closely with hundreds of national and international contemporary artists, curators, critics and writers. A prolific writer, he is the Los Angeles Correspondent for Flash Art Magazine (Milan), and his reviews, essays and features on artists have been published in numerous art journals. Best known for works that are socially engaged, Campbell has received several research grants and fellowships, and in 2003 was presented with the award of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. His work is held in private and public collections, and he is represented by Coagula Gallery, Los Angeles.