Tish Lampert: We Protest: Fighting for What We Believe In
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Changing Hands presents Tish Lampert discussing We Protest.

Photojournalist Tish Lampert’s new book: We Protest Fighting For What We Believe In is a call to action that inspires citizens to stand up and fight for social justice. Lampert's photography captures the powerful wave of activism we have seen wash across our nation in these past few years with unprecedented protests and civic engagement. Join her for a conversation with Cassandra Coblentz, Senior Curator and Director of Public Engagement at the Orange County Museum of Art as they discuss the historical significance of this body of work and how it relates to the urgent issues of the current moment.

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In the last few years we have seen a wave of activism wash across our nation and inspire unprecedented protest and civic engagement. People came together in record-breaking numbers, outspoken and persistent. With the winds of resistance at their backs, people linked arms and set out to defend our freedoms and each other.

Photojournalist Tish Lampert captures the spirit of the heroes and ordinary citizens on their activist journey to defend their American values during the most conflicted era in our recent history. The book charts the chronology of social-change movements that have dominated the headlines over the past several years: the fight for women's rights and gender equality, immigration rights, civil liberties, gun violence, and the environment. Lampert takes us to the front lines of activism, where she has documented each protest and their respective leaders, as well as the legions of ordinary Americans standing together to protect the values of our great nation.

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Photojournalist and writer Tish Lampert, based in Los Angeles, focuses her lens on human-rights issues. She freelances for the United Nations, the Conflict Awareness Project, United States Veterans' Artists Alliance, and Border Angels. She has won several awards for her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Congo lowland gorilla. Lampert is a recipient of two Nathan Cummings Foundation Family Grants in 2013 and 2019. She is the host of the podcast America Speaks with Tish Lampert.

Curator Cassandra Coblentz has a diverse curatorial practice that champions the artistic process. She is currently Senior Curator and Director of Public Engagement at the Orange County Museum of Art where she continues to take innovative approaches to collaborating with artists and producing new work. At OCMA she curated the 2017 California Pacific Triennial: Building As Ever and authored its accompanying catalogue. She also designed and implemented the program concept for the museum’s temporary location, OCMAExpand, Santa Ana and has curated twenty exhibitions within this framework and presented numerous public programs. Coblentz has curated more than thirty other exhibitions including solo projects with Kirsten Everberg, Jean Shin and Brian Ripple, Pae White, and Lyle Ashton Harris. In 2016 she curated Ellen Lesperance, Helen Mirra, Traversing for the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California. She has authored and managed the production of several exhibition catalogues and publications including How Deep Is Your, a mid-career survey of the work of Julianne Swartz, published in 2012. Prior to joining OCMA, Coblentz served for seven years as curator at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary and her professional experience also includes appointments at the Hammer Museum, DIA Center for the Arts, and The J. Paul Getty Museum. She received her BA in Art History and English from Cornell University and her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.