Artist Mitch Epstein joins writer Robert Slifkin for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Charles Valle.
In this talk
Artist Mitch Epstein is a photographer who helped pioneer fine-art color photography in the 1970s. Published by Steidl Verlag, Property Rights is a collection of photographs and short texts examining the American government’s ongoing legacy of property confiscation, and how communities gather to resist. Epstein began this series in 2017 at Standing Rock, where thousands protested the installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Sioux land. Over four years, he charted other contested lands from Pennsylvania and Hawaii to the Mexican border, as well as land loss through wildfires and flooding due to egregious environmental negligence. In 2020, Mitch Epstein was inducted as an Academician to the National Academy of Design.
Writer and scholar Robert Slifkin is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. His most recent book is The New Monuments and the End of Man: U.S. Sculpture Between War and Peace, 1945-1975 (Princeton University Press, 2019).
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Charles Valle reading.
Writer Charles Valle was born in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to California when he was seven years old. Since 2006, he has served as one of the Poetry Editors at FENCE Magazine, and his work has been featured in numerous publications including Denver Quarterly, Berkeley Poetry Review, among others. Valle lives in Portland, Oregon where he is a change-maker for Nike. His first book of poetry, Proof of Stake, is forthcoming from Fonograf Editions in June 2021.