Join us via ZOOM as artist Mark Menjivar talks with author Maurice Chammah about his new book, Let The Lord Sort Them, a deeply reported, searingly honest portrait of the death penalty in Texas–and what it tells us about crime and punishment in America.
This talk is offered in conjunction with Menjivar’s exhibitions Bird, Rats, Roses at Sala Diaz and Please Form a Straight Line at Blue Star Contemporary.
It is hosted by the Texas After Violence Project, a community-based archive and documentary project cultivating deeper understandings of the impacts of state-sanctioned violence on individuals, families, and communities. Their mission is to conduct responsible, inclusive, and ethical research, and to build an archive of stories and other materials that shift narrative power to marginalized and oppressed communities and promote restorative and transformative justice.
Maurice Chammah is a staff writer at The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers the U.S. criminal justice system. His first book, Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty, won the 2019 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Book Award, and will be published by Crown in 2021. A former Fulbright fellow in Cairo, he also plays the violin and is an assistant editor at American Short Fiction. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Mark Menjivar is a San Antonio based artist and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. His work explores diverse subjects through photography, archives, oral history and participatory projects. He is the artist-in-residence with the Texas After Violence Project and a member of Borderland Collective, which utilizes collaborations between artists, educators, youth, and community members to engage complex issues and build space for diverse perspectives, meaningful dialogue, and modes of creation around border issues.