In conjunction with the exhibition Brave New Worlds, the Walker Art Center presents two Mack Lectures in November on the topic of Drawing Conflict, Writing War: Two Ways of Responding to Global Violence. On Tuesday, November 13, 7 pm, cartoonist/journalist
, author of the series Palestine and the critically acclaimed book Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992–1995, presents a visual tour of his celebrated approach to comics journalism. On Tuesday, November 27, 7 pm, author and foreign correspondent
Janine di Giovanni
, whose reportage has appeared in numerous major publications, including The Times of London, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times Magazine, discusses her life as an international reporter and the responsibilities journalists hold to bear witness to the atrocities of war. Both speakers present a world in conflict, using distinctly different forms of expression. Join them for a look at the many ways journalists respond to war.
Tickets to the Mack Lectures are available at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600.
Artist Talk: Joe Sacco
Tuesday, November 13, 7 pm
$10 ($8 Walker and Rain Taxi members)
Joe Sacco combines the techniques of eyewitness reportage with graphic storytelling to explore complex, emotionally weighted situations in some of the most volatile regions of the globe. His series Palestine set new standards for the use of the comic book as a documentary medium, and his 240-page exploration of a Muslim enclave in Serbia titled Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992–1995 received widespread critical acclaim. Sacco is praised for the depth of his research and his sensitive handling of delicate political topics as well as his dynamic layouts and sophisticated narratives. Join him for a visual tour of his celebrated approach to comics journalism.
Sacco is a recipient of the American Book Award (for Palestine) and of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is currently working on a book about the southern Gaza Strip to be called Footnotes in Gaza. Born in Malta, Sacco received a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon, and resides in Portland. His other books include War’s End and The Fixer, which are also works of graphic journalism set in Bosnia, as well as But I Like It and Notes from a Defeatist, collections of his shorter work. Join him for a visual tour of his acclaimed approach to comics journalism. Copresented by Rain Taxi Review of Books.
Lecture: Janine di Giovanni
Tuesday, November 27, 7 pm
$10 ($8 Walker members)
Janine di Giovanni is one of the world’s top foreign correspondents specializing in human rights. Committed to working in conflict zones, she has reported from war-torn regions such as Rwanda, Nicaragua, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans for numerous major publications, including The Times of London, Vanity Fair, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, and National Geographic. She is the author of several books, including Against The Stranger (1993), about the effect of occupations during the first intifada on both Palestinians and Israelis; The Quick and The Dead (1995), about the siege of Sarajevo; and Madness Visible (2005), a memoir about the Balkan conflicts that was recently optioned for a feature film by actress Julia Roberts’ production company, Revolution Films. Her most recent book, A Place at the End of the World: Essays from the Edge (2006), collects her writings from 1998–2005. Her major awards include the National Magazine Award and two Amnesty International Awards.