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Exhibition Opening of Life After a Hate Crime

August 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Please join ART WORKS Projects for the opening of our fifth annual Emerging Lens exhibition Life After a Hate Crime by photographer Megan Farmer. Farmer will be joined by Dr. Iván Arenas (see bio below) to discuss this project and take questions from the audience. To learn more about the Emerging Lens Mentorship Program, click here.


Remarks to start at 6:30pm.
Refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public.


Farmer’s project follows DaShawn 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.


Dr. Iván Arenas is a Mexican-American anthropologist, architect, artist, activist, and parent. His research focuses on how social movements use creative art practices to establish solidarities beyond the state. Dr. Arenas works with Chicago Torture Justice Memorials to provide reparations for Chicago’s racially motivated law enforcement violence and with the ACT Collective using art to build political artistic collaboration and dialogue across Chicago’s multiple communities. Dr. Arenas is the Associate Director for Community Partnerships at UIC’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP). At IRRPP, he works to connect faculty, students, and the community through research and programming on race, ethnicity, and public policy that enable not just greater understanding of racial inequalities, but mobilizes towards collective action. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2011 from the University of California, Berkeley.


Photo: LaDonna Horne becomes emotional after one of the first times that her son, DaShawn Horne, made a sound on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Three days later, DaShawn spoke words that could be understood.



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 ataylor@artworksprojects.org.


August 22, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


ART WORKS Projects