Shawn Michelle Smith: The Scene of the Crime: Taryn Simon's The Innocents

The Innocents Taryn Simon, from the series "The Innocents"

Winnick Chapel, Brown RISD Hillel , 80 Brown Street

Shawn Michelle Smith
Professor, Visual Artist & Scholar, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Shawn Michelle Smith will discuss Taryn Simon's The Innocents, a project that documents 45 legal cases of mistaken identification, in which individuals were misrecognized as the perpetrators of violent crimes on the basis of mug shots and other visual aids. Like Simon, Smith will explore photography's problematic, and powerful relation to criminal identification, even as she also assesses some of the ambiguities and contradictions within Simon's provocative work.

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