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Killed

Film/Video

Images courtesy of the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.

Killed

William E. Jones, 2009

The Box

As part of the Wexner Center’s 25th anniversary, The Box is dedicating the entire year of programming to work produced in the Film/Video Studio. Screenings in this free exhibition space for video, located just across from the Wexner Center Store, run continuously seven days a week, the same hours as our ticket office (Mon–Wed: 9 AM–6 PM; Thu–Fri: 9 AM–8 PM; Sat: 10 AM–8 PM; Sun: 11 AM–6 PM).

Thu, Oct 1, 2009Sat, Oct 31, 2009

Many of the most familiar and moving images of American life during the great depression of the 1930s come from photographs taken the auspices of the Farm Security Administration, a government program. But the program produced many more images--which you've never had a chance to see.

The director of the program, Roy Emerson Stryker, was responsible for deciding which photographs were worthy of printing. Nearly half of the over 145,000 pictures made by F.S.A. photographers from 1935 to 1943 were rejected or in Stryker's term, "killed," by punching a hole through the negative. Killed resurrects some of these amazing and long-neglected images by photographers including Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, and John Vachon. The film was made while Jones was in residence in the Wexner Center's Art & Technology studio. (2 mins., looped, sequence of digital files)

Artist and filmmaker William E. Jones is based in Los Angeles. His videos and films have been shown in festivals and exhibitions around the world including the Sundance Film Festival, the Whitney Biennial, and the Venice Biennale.

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