Erased Lynchings

Erased Lynchings

The images in the Erased Lynching series, begun in 2002, are derived from appropriated lynching postcards and archival sources materials, from which I removed the lynching victim and the rope from each image. This conceptual gesture was intended to redirect the viewers attention away from the lifeless body of lynch victim and towards the mechanisms of lynching and lynching photography, to allow viewers to see the crowd, the mechanisms of the spectacle, the role of the photographer, and even the impact of flash photography, and their various influences on our understanding of this dismal past. The perpetrators, when present, remain fully visible, jeering, laughing, or pulling at the air in a deadly pantomime. As such, this series strives to make the invisible -visible and to resist the re-victimization of the lynching victim.


 



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