'Who's Playin' Who' art exhibit curated by Luther's Ian Carstens

Local artists' work will be on display Jan. 20-Feb. 20

"Who's Playin' Who," an exhibit of photography, paintings and mixed media art, will be on display Jan. 20-Feb. 20, in the second floor gallery of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.

The exhibit, based on the theme of Luther's 11th annual Black History Symposium, "Sport, Media and Race," is curated by Ian Carstens, a Luther senior from Dubuque, Iowa.

At 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Carstens will hold a gallery talk followed by a reception in the Center for Faith and Life gallery as part of the Black History Symposium.

The exhibition involves Luther students Brian Nnaoji, Jenna McGee and Jacob "LeRoy" Smith, as well as Decorah artist Tom Sheppard. These individuals offer their unique perspective on how certain groups and individuals benefit or are exploited and/or controlled by the intersections of sports, media and race.           

As Carstens' senior honors project, the exhibition is a visual dialogue showing his curiosity toward the different intersections that exist within contemporary American culture. It examines how sports, race and media apply to the understandings of embodiment, personhood, representation, exploitation, institutional structures and a term Carstens calls "spectacalization," the process of becoming used or turned into a spectacle.  

Carstens, a 2010 graduate of Hempstead High School, is the son of Laura and Gary Carstens of Dubuque. He is pursuing an individualized interdisciplinary major in art theory and criticism at Luther.

For more information on events during the Black History Symposium at Luther, visit http://www.luther.edu/diversity/blackhistory/agenda/.

Ian Carstens