Wall installation with a dotted surface revealing a fuzzy black and white photograph of a family. Cut into the installation a gold picture frames, empty, at various heights and sizes.

Lisa Rosowsky: Othering

To “other” is to view or treat a person or a group of people as intrinsically different, to the point of making that person or group seem less than human. Even if we are unfamiliar with the term, we are all aware of the action and its devastating effects.

Lisa Rosowsky’s works use a range of media—found objects, photographs, text, and installation—to highlight how we “other” while urging us to understand history and our place within it.  In Rosowsky’s words, “Othering negates individuals’ humanity. It makes us believe that certain others are less intrinsically worthy of dignity and respect. It leads us to form prejudices, to dehumanize entire groups of people based on ‘race,’ religion, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, and political beliefs. Worse, individual prejudices can begin to drive public policy, government institutions, laws, and the politically-sanctioned denial of human rights. Othering is at the root of individual acts of hate, as well as wars and genocide.”

Rosowsky’s work is both historical and contemporary, investigating the origins of why we “other,” how hate is manifested, and how we process and memorialize this visually.  This exhibition includes works that address distinct events in history, but the prejudices and othering that run through each piece transcends time and place and the pieces themselves are an urgent call to action.


Dates: October 8, 2022 - January 29, 2023
Participating artists:
Wall installation with a dotted surface revealing a fuzzy black and white photograph of a family. Cut into the installation a gold picture frames, empty, at various heights and sizes.
Lisa Rosowsky, The Missing , 2016, Kona cotton, cotton-lycra, vintage wooden picture frames, hand channel quilting over wood frame.