The exhibition features work from the new series Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands-Records, “Miscellaneous Papers” National Archives M809 Roll 23; all named after the historical records of the “Freedmen’s Bureau” which document, among other things, atrocities against freed blacks during Reconstruction.
Each work borrows its title, misused as a kind of free verse, and subject from this historical record. The small cut-outs that make up this series reflect on the sad, repetitive nature of racist atrocities. Also featured is a single work consisting of 52 handwritten texts, in which the Walker considers the perpetrator, torturer, murderer, as well as willing and unwilling victims of circumstance.
Sikkema Jenkins & Co
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New York, NY 10011
The exhibition will be on view through November 21. For more information, visit the gallery’s site here.