Artist Talk by EJ Hill, 2021-22 Wanlass Artist-in-Residence

March 16, 2021 | 12:15pm
2021-03-16 12:15:00 2023-01-26 08:19:41 Artist Talk by EJ Hill, 2021-22 Wanlass Artist-in-Residence <p>Artist talk with EJ Hill, the 2021-22&nbsp;Wanlass Artist in Residence. Learn about his practice in context of the course he will teach in the Fall 2021 semester.</p> America/Los_Angeles public

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Please note: This event is open to faculty, staff, and students of Occidental College.

About the Artist:

At the core of EJ Hill’s practice is a form of durational performance that reflects both the hardships that certain bodies are forced to endure and the enormous resilience of those bodies. Hill insists that we look at how our society’s deeply held prejudices and inequalities continue to render black, brown, and queer bodies the targets of violence, and his work can be as painful to contend with as it is essential to witness. He has explored being policed, assaulted, unwelcomed, misunderstood, and confused. Yet he believes in the power of representation and the possibility of healing. Through an expansive practice that has grown to include writing, painting, sculpture, and installation, Hill is committed to providing visibility for those who have been ignored or disregarded and to telling stories that have gone untold. -Hammer Museum, 2018

EJ Hill is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Much of what he knows, he has learned from: Estelle Thompson, Karen Thompson, Ernest Hill Jr., Margaret Nomentana, Joan Giroux, Adam Brooks and Mat Wilson (Industry of the Ordinary), Andrea Fraser, Mario Ybarra Jr., Matt Austin, Young Chung, Jordan Casteel, TLC, Lauryn Hill, and Augie Grahn. He is forever indebted to these educators and thanks them endlessly.

The Wanlass Artist in Residence is Occidental’s year-long residency program that allows an artist to investigate aspects of their practice and share it with the College campus-wide. The program encourages cross-campus collaboration and thoughtful sustained interaction between artist and students.

Image: Lesson #2, 2019.
Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth and Council.
Photo Credit: Ruben Diaz

The Wanlass Artist in Residence Program is made possible by generous support from the Kathryn Caine Wanlass Charitable Foundation.

Image: Twice as good is too much