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Imperial Courts 1993–2015

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Dana Lixenberg’s iconographic long-term project will be on display at Fotohof Salzburg from 2 August to 28 September 2019.

The Imperial Courts is an affordable housing project located in Watts, a troubled neighbourhood in southern Los Angeles. To most Americans, this is a place to drive past or hear about in the news. For Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg (b. 1964), it became the subject of a two-decade-long project dedicated to the tenement’s inhabitants and their everyday lives.

In 1992, Dana Lixenberg travelled to South Central Los Angeles for a magazine story on the riots that erupted following the verdict in the Rodney King trial. Her experience inspired her to revisit the area – leading to her first encounter with the Imperial Courts housing project.

Over the next twenty-two years, Lixenberg returned to Watts countless times to accompany her subjects with her camera.  The result is a collaborative portrait that captures the changing face of this underserved community.


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