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Edgar Arceneaux in "Los Angeles"Preview

In this preview from the Los Angeles episode of Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, artist Edgar Arceneaux discusses the “suicide letter” sent by the FBI to Martin Luther King, Jr., which the artist incorporated into his 2014 project, A Book and a Medal.

“What I was trying to do,” says the artist of the installation, “was to explore the vulnerabilities of a person who’s in a position of leadership.”

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Edgar Arceneaux

Edgar Arceneaux investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events. In the artist’s work, linear logic is abandoned in favor of wordplay and visual associations, revealing how language, technology, and systems of ordering produce reality as much as describe them. Seemingly disparate elements—such as science fiction, civil rights era speeches, techno music, and the crumbling architecture of Detroit—find a new synchronicity in the artist’s hands, ultimately pointing to larger historical forces such as the rise of the surveillance state.

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