Schools for the Colored by Wendel White
”These photographs depict the buildings and landscapes that were associated with the system of racially segregated schools established at the southern boundaries of the northern United States. This area, sometimes referred to as “Up-South,” encompasses the northern “free” states that bordered the slave states. Schools for the Colored is the representation the duality of racial distinction within American culture.
The “veil” (the digital imaging technique of obscuring the landscape surrounding the schools) is a representation of DuBois’ concept, informing the visual narrative in these photographs. Some of the images depict sites where the original structure is no longer present. As a placeholder, I have inserted silhouettes of the original building or what I imagine of the appearance of the original building. The architecture and geography of America’s educational Apartied, in the form of a system of “colored schools,” within the landscape of southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois is the central concern of this project.”
Bill Viola — Heaven and Earth, video installation, 1992
The exposed tubes of two black and white video monitors are positioned facing each other, separated by a few inches and mounted at the ends of two wood columns that extend from the floor and ceiling respectively. The upper monitor shows video footage of the artist’s mother on her deathbed and the lower monitor shows the face of his newborn son only days old. Since the glass surface of each monitor reflects the image on the opposing screen, the birth-face and the death-face appear simultaneously as layered reflections within each other’s image. (via)
My photo of Areni Agbabian was in the New York Times this weekend. Here’s a link to the online version if you missed it.
ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of an eagle]