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MARK GREENFIELD

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Iconography: The Banner Series

My recent work has, at its basis, the preservation and recontextualization of the early photographic memories of African Americans. This work venerates and, in a very secular way, presumes to
“beatify” known, unknown and forgotten personages of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Some of the photographs are of family members; the result of ongoing genealogical research, while others are people unfamiliar to me in all but spirit.

Admittedly didactic, I’ve incorporated elements, in my work, that provide commentary on some of the foundations of contemporary African American thought with regard to stereotypes, color and class consciousness, assimilation, idealism, the pseudo-sciences and the redefinition of our own history.



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