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VisArts Studio Fellow, Stephanie Mercedes 

Luz Del Dia: Copyrighting the Light of Day

Through radical justice, investigating copyright law and film photography Stephanie Mercedes hopes to restore missing violent histories, turning the archive into legend. Mercedes’ research based practice intersects with law and social justice. All of her work is in connection to the history of Argentine dictatorship (1976-1983). By building publicly accessible photographic archives Mercedes hopes to restore silenced voices. 

Mercedes’ work constantly questions the purity of the documentary image, the singularity of memory, the purpose of the archive. Mercedes was a 2016 Art + Law Fellow and a 2017 AIM Bronx Museum Fellow. In 2017 Mercedes won the Light Works Grant, the Halcyon Art Lab Fellowship, and the VisArts Fellowship. Mercedes teaches: “How to Use Art as a Political Tool” and “Law as Form (and Why it Should be Female).” She lives and works across the Americas.

As a counterpart to her own investigations, Mercedes invites the public to her VisArts studio to discuss ethics of violent images. Mercedes will hold weekly sessions with different focuses in relation to violence.

Mondays through Wednesdays:  6-7 PM

Monday Reading Group: In this weekly session participants will read out loud texts that explore the ethics of representing violence via images. Texts will vary depending on what the group is interested in, ranging from theory, personal essay to poetry.

Tuesday Photo Club: In this weekly session participants will analyze images that attempt to represent violence. Images may be well known or personal works of the participants.

Wednesday Weaving: As a collaborative work with Chloe Bensahel this weekly event is open to members of the Latin or Jewish community. The two artists and participants will weave together two images that represent both minorities historical trauma. 
Beverages and snacks will be provided. Weekly sessions are free and open to the public.
Stephanie Mercedes’ studio is on the 2nd floor of VisArts
155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850 
To learn more about Stephanie Mercedes’ Fellowship, click here
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