diversity & race | November 06, 2017

How Art Shapes Justice, Citizenship, and “What Humanity Looks Like”: Sarah Lewis, The Lavin Interview

When award-winning photography magazine Aperture asked Sarah Lewis to edit their “Vision and Justice” issue, she used the opportunity to redefine the parameters of American citizenship: “who belongs, who counts, what humanity looks like.” In her Lavin interview, she elaborates on the process of curating such a meaningful collection.

The issue immediately sold out its print run. The New York Times called it “accessible, conversational and bold.” The LA Times echoed that praise, describing it as, “the equivalent of a national collective clapback.” Now Lewis’s class of the same name is one of only a handful of core “general education” curriculum classes at Harvard and it’s required reading at the Tisch School.


“Every two minutes we create as many images as were created in the entire 19th century,” she says, and “we’re reading images as much as we’re seeing them, meaning, there is a language and a syntax and a grammar to them.” This is why visual literacy is crucial. “Citizens see that the way to get a conversation going is not by writing about it, but by taking a photograph.” 


Sarah Lewis: The Lavin Interview | On “Vision & Justice”


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