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Artist Talk with Kota Ezawa

German-Japanese American artist Kota Ezawa looks to the news, popular culture, art history, and cinema to source material for his work, which explores how recording technologies mediate our understanding of current events and images. Beginning with his 2002 video The Simpson Verdict, in which the artist used digital drawing software to animate footage of the O.J. Simpson trial, Ezawa has received critical acclaim for his videos, lightboxes, and works on paper that distill found imagery into his characteristic pared-down style. Ezawa joins Hirshhorn associate curator Marina Isgro to discuss his process of translating iconic media moments into opportunities for reconsideration and reflection.

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