Jason Lazarus, ‘Standing at the Grave of Emmett Till, day of exhumation, June 1st, 2005 (Alsip, IL)’, 2005, MCA Chicago

Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago

Image rights: © 2005 Jason Lazarus. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


Venue: MCA Chicago, Chicago (2016)

Restricted gift of Emerge, Aviva Samet and James Matanky, and anonymous donors, in memory of Andree Stone, 2012.18.

About Jason Lazarus

Jason Lazarus, who began his career as a photographer, has slowly departed from the medium to pursue more conceptual projects; these, however, still remain deeply influenced by the history and practice of photography. Lazarus’s projects focus on communities, centering on ideas of human interaction and intimacy. Though he sometimes uses his own photographs as part of his practice, Lazarus also appropriates personal snapshots taken by friends and strangers. For example, his series “Too Hard to Keep” (2010) is the result of an open call for photographs too sentimental to destroy, yet too cumbersome to keep. He has also made a series of photograms titled “Heinecken Studies” (2010) in tribute to photographer Robert Heinecken, made using Heinecken’s ashes (with permission). More recently, Lazarus has embarked on a project in which he converts modern GIF files into 16mm film.

American, b. 1975, Kansas City, Missouri

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