Ken Gonzales-Day

Ken Gonzales-Day’s interdisciplinary and conceptually grounded projects consider the history of photography, the construction of race, and the limits of representational systems ranging from the lynching photograph to museum display. Gonzales-Day lives in Los Angeles and is Chair of the Art Department at Scripps College.

Talks & Events

  • Invisible Violence

    February 13, 2013

    Friday February 15, 2013, 7PM, World Art Centre, 2nd Floor, SFU Woodwards, 149 West Hastings Co-presented by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement

    Artspeak is pleased to launch Invisible Violence, a publication and discursive project guest-curated by Liz Park. In conjunction with the launch will be a talk by Victoria-based artist Marianne Nicolson.

    Designed to incite thoughtful conversations about the representation of violence and its politicization today, this multi-part project consists of: publication of the artists’ work as a sequence of 5”x7” cards; a series of discursive events conceived as points of distribution for the publication; and a web hub that archives reflections on the discussions that take place at each event. As a set of provocations, the parts collectively evaluate the political conditions of the production, circulation and consumption of violent images.

    Invisible Violence, brings together the work of four artists—Rebecca BelmoreKen Gonzales-Day,Francisco-Fernando Granados, and Louise Noguchi—who use photography as a point of reference for histories of violence that inform a contemporary politics of representation. Their work intentionally covers, erases, withdraws or cuts apart the main subject of the photographs, delaying the recognition of the structural and systemic violence underlying each image. Taking this interruption as its starting point, the project asks that “we”—the audience who are informed by contemporary mediascape riddled with images of violence—problematize the first person pronoun. As Susan Sontag writes, “No ‘we’ should be taken for granted when the subject is looking at other people’s pain.”

    All events are free and open to the public. Publication distributed free at the events. A series of commissioned texts in the form of blog posts will summarize and respond to each of the events below:

    February 15: Artspeak in partnership with Simon Fraser University Community Engagement, Vancouver, BC, CA

    February 20: Gallery TPW, Toronto, ON, CA

    February 27: CEREVCentre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence at Concordia University, Montreal, QC, CA

    March 2: Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY

    For more information about launch dates and events, please visit: This project was produced by Artspeak, with web component by Gallery TPW, and curatorial research support from Center for Photography at Woodstock.

    If you would like to obtain a copy of the publication, but are unable to attend the events, please inquire about the availability of a copy by email:

    Artspeak gratefully acknowledges project support from the Audain Foundation.


  • Invisible Violence

    Title: Invisible Violence
    Category: Criticism
    Artists: Rebecca Belmore, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Ken Gonzales-Day, Louise Noguchi
    Writers: Liz Park
    Design: Jen Eby
    Publisher: Gallery TPW, Artspeak
    Printer: Hemlock Printers
    Year published: 2013
    Edition: 200
    Pages: 12pp
    Cover: Printed Cardstock Sleeve
    Binding: Staple Bound
    Process: Digital Offset
    Features: 11 colour postcards, 5 b&w postcards
    Dimensions: 13 x 18.5 x 1.2 cm
    Weight: 164 g
    Price: sold out