A man leans over a woman on the witness stand, as if about to kiss her. A tear appears on the woman's cheek.

Hammer Projects: Jordan Strafer

New York-based artist and filmmaker Jordan Strafer’s (b. 1990, Miami) LOOPHOLE (2023) and DECADENCE (2024) are the first two chapters of a planned trilogy of videos set against the backdrop of a fictionalized high-profile rape trial in 1990s-era Florida. Pulling from the genre of erotic thrillers and televised court cases from the period, the project hinges upon the speculative love affair between the lead defense attorney and the jury foreman responsible for an unnamed rapist’s acquittal. Using both film scripts and publicly sourced courtroom documents, the videos are influenced in part by the artist’s mother’s role in the legal defense team in a rape trial that took place in 1991. This Hammer Project is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

Hammer Projects: Jordan Strafer is organized by Aram Moshayedi, interim chief curator, with Nyah Ginwright, curatorial assistant. DECADENCE was co-commissioned by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and The Vega Foundation. Hammer Projects: Jordan Strafer is presented in conjunction with a related project at The Renaissance Society, May 4–July 7, 2024.

Hammer Projects are single-gallery exhibitions highlighting the work of contemporary artists from around the globe, often presenting new work at a pivotal moment of an artist’s development. Ongoing since 1999, Hammer Projects is a signature series within the Hammer’s exhibition program.
Hammer Projects is presented in memory of Tom Slaughter and with support from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Lead funding is provided by the Hammer Collective. Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, with additional support from the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture.
Hammer Projects: Jordan Strafer is made possible, in part, by the Pasadena Art Alliance.
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