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Art Review; Portraits That Go Way Beyond Face Value; Dana Lixenberg's photographs transcend the Watts neighborhood where she took them.
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Art exhibits; Photography
Author: Knight, Christopher
Date: May 28, 1999
Start Page: 2
Section: Calendar; PART- F; Entertainment Desk
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There's something simple and elegant about Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg's portraits, which are on view in a strong exhibition organized by independent curator Aleim Johnson at the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies. She uses her camera as a modest yet powerful tool with which to shift the sitters' context, which in turn makes us see them in a new way.

The original context couldn't be more clouded, conflicted and highly charged. As recounted in a perceptive, no-nonsense catalog essay by writer and photographer Carla Williams, Lixenberg spent a month in 1993 going daily to Imperial Courts in Watts to observe and photograph the residents there. The second trial of the police officers accused in the brutal beating of Rodney King was underway. Imperial Courts, one of the largest federal housing projects in the city, had been inundated with mass media using the site as a reference point.

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