terça-feira, novembro 15, 2016

Unknown Faces and Lost Identities the X Portrait series from... crss


Unknown Faces and Lost Identities the X Portrait series from Gavin Worth

Wonderful Ink drawings of faces lost to history

Searching through hundreds of 19th-century photographs,   daguerrotypes, and tintype portraits, primarily through the remarkable Randolph  Linsly Simpson African-American Collection at Yale’s Beinecke Library, I found  haunting images of enslaved individuals as well as those living in the  complicated, and often just as dire, times after emancipation. Unnamed and  often simply set-dressing to the white charges they are holding, I felt  compelled to reflect on those faces lost to history.
These portraits are made in meditation of those unknown faces. What is the  consequence of lost identity, of cut roots, of family names changed by force?  This is the significance of X, as most famously illustrated by Malcolm X. This  X suggests not only the unknown identity, but the element of an illicit  character to that identity: the XXX of a dark, shameful quality – a lower,  sinful origin that must be scrubbed away and made brighter, made whiter. This  is the subversive power of X, that rings with some of the greatest sentiments   of the American Civil Rights movement in which protest against unjust law  transformed the idea of criminality, making the act of being arrested a noble  act. The X transforms that stolen and scrubbed identity into one new-made and  powerful. The X transforms what society called illicit, unimportant, and  shameful into something of dignity, nobility, and willful agency.This series is ongoing. We featured Gavin’s Wire Sculptures previously

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