Life After a Hate Crime: the Recovery of DaShawn Horne



ART WORKS Projects is proud to announce photographer Megan Farmer as the winner of the 2019 Emerging Lens Mentorship Program. Annually supporting the development of a young photographer’s work on a human rights or social justice issue of their choice, this year’s Emerging Lens program will culminate in the Summer 2019 Chicago opening of Farmer’s project Life After a Hate Crime: the Recovery of DaShawn Horne.


Farmer’s project follows Horne, his family, and his community as he fights to recover from a racially motivated attack that occurred in early 2018. Farmer’s relationship with Horne and his family is ongoing; this exhibition will include recent interviews with the family as Horne continues to rebuild his life. 


“The Horne family welcomed me into their upended lives after a brutal hate crime changed everything. DaShawn Horne, a young father, was beaten within an inch of his life. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, he had to relearn everything he once knew. He is still recovering today. Not only was DaShawn’s life forever changed, but the lives of his family members were too. My hope is to shed light onto the realities that hate crime survivors and their families are left with long after news headlines fade,” says Farmer about Life After a Hate Crime.



Emerging Lens is ART WORKS Projects’ annual, juried photography competition for photographers age 18 to 27 whose work focuses on social justice and human rights. The program is currently in its fourth year. The 2019 competition was open to photographers based in the United States.


Supporting upcoming documentary photographers and filmmakers through mentoring and providing a platform for their work is an integral part of AWP’s mission. Through the Emerging Lens program, AWP hopes to encourage the rising generation of photojournalists to use the power of their lenses to address human rights and social justice issues.



Many thanks to our generous Community Sponsor:


The Henry Nias Foundation


To learn how to become a sponsor of the Emerging Lens Mentorship Program, please contact Annalise Flynn-Taylor at


Opening August 22nd
ART WORKS Projects Studio Gallery
625 N. Kingsbury Street, Chicago IL 60654




Megan Farmer is a visual journalist based in Seattle, currently working at KUOW Public Radio. She is most interested in long form visual storytelling relating to social justice. She graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BA in Photojournalism and attended the Eddie Adams Workshop class of XXIX.