About Ethan Rafal —

Ethan Rafal is an artist and photographer based in San Francisco. His work deals with the individual and collective experience of violence, and the ways in which subsequent representations of violence inform personal and national mythologies. Photography is an essential ingredient in his practice, due to the unique relationship between image and violence, but his work employs performance, installation, video, new-media, and social-practice methodologies. He teaches, mentors, helps run an art space, collaborates with Art For a Democratic Society in the Bay Area, and has recently started an imprint to publish so-called 'difficult' work. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has been based since 2007. @ethanrafal  fb

Shock and Awe is active in the collections of Museums and Universities across the Western World — see Bookspaces for more. The First Edition, Special Edition, and tour ephemera are included in Museum collections devoted to the history of photography, and photography books. Shock and Awe has become source material in History and North American Studies programs. The #shockandawebooktour performance has now happened 100+ times, and has been hosted in University lecture halls, Museums, art spaces, book spaces, and public spaces across North America, Europe, the UK, and beyond. See Tour for more. 

Select media on Shock and Awe — 

San Francisco Public Library -- Live Performance, recorded 12/14/16

Mengi, Reykjavik, Iceland -- Shock and Awe at Mengi, Interview: 12/10/16

NPR's West Coast Live -- Ethan Rafal and Lia Rose duet. Ethan performs the opening story, September 10th, and Lia performs Ghosts and Images, written about the story that closes Shock and Awe. (Note: this song has since been aired on MTV, NBC, and performed widely. If you don't know Lia's work, fix that ASAP). 

ESAD, France -- Conférence: Shock and Awe 

Eliza Gregory -- Photography as Social Practice -- Interview re touring, Social Practice

Marcy Held -- WRCT, Pittsburgh -- Re: Touring, the book

Ann Jastrab -- Shock and Awe -- Review of book, tour, and image making process

Jennifer Yoffy Schwartz -- Crusade For Your Audience -- Interview in book, published 7/2017

Joshua Willey -- Shock and Awe Review

Other Projects –

Lizzy Brooks -- Bibli-Agora -- Review of curatorial project (outside Shock and Awe)