202-456-1111

Title

202-456-1111

Creator

Jason Lazarus

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Other Contributors

Martha Rosler

Description

"Since the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, I have been creating photograms. The text that repeats throughout these images, 202-456-1111, is the White House phone number, which began the current administration disconnected. I’m not sure if photograms is the exact term for these works. A friend called them chemigrams, but after looking it up, I learned that chemigrams are made in full light. These are made quickly, like a protest sign, and in the dark. They are made with arms and legs that have a rare congenital condition, arthrogryposis, the same one that NY Times reporter Serge F. Kovaleski—who 45 mocked on November 25, 2015—lives with. The repetition of resistance requires very close scrutiny. The lives of the targets of this administration are infinite, complex, and irreducible. When we become students of these lives, as well as our own, the multitude of details we discover implores us to become more fully formed and in formation with each other." - Jacob Lazarus, 2018

Publisher

Visual Studies Workshop Press

Subject

American politics

Extent

8" x 10"

Style

Photo-book: staple bound, essay-book: accordion bound

Material

Silver gelatin photogram/paper

Technique

Essay-book: text print, Photo book: photogram prints

Date

2018

Other Information

This piece comes in two different books. One contains an essay written by Martha Rosler, the other contains photogram prints. More information can be found here: https://jasonlazarus.com/projects/202-456-1111-published-by-vsw/

Exhibit Location

This work was featured in the Olin Library as a part of the exhibition “Common Ground: Selected Works from The Rollins Book Arts Collection” from September 18, 2021 – December 31, 2021.

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