Phantom Bodies’ show at Ringling Museum brings substance to the ephemeral.

Lennie Bennett. “‘Phantom Bodies’ show at Ringling Museum brings substance to the ephemeral.”
Tampa Bay Times, 25 Aug. 2016, Sarasota.

“Ken Gonzales-Day bears witness to the history of lynching in 19th and 20th century America. Part of a gallery wall is covered with vintage photographs and postcards(!) in which the victims’ bodies are eliminated and we see only the onlookers. In one manipulated photograph, a circle of onlookers looks at a blank space where the hanged and burned body would be. Some of them are children. In another, well-dressed men gaze at the embers of a fire, another lynch-and-burn scenario without a body, only wisps of smoke.”

 

Source: Tampa Bay Times


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