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April 1st

What Lies Beneath

  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Location: 21c Louisville Museum
  • 700 W. Main St.
  • Louisville, Kentucky 40202
  • Time:
    12:00 AM
  • Phone: (502) 217-6300

What Lies Beneath

recurring event

Manipulating the material surfaces and sources of their imagery, the artists featured in this exhibition of recent photo-based works reveal intersections between identity, migration, trauma, and memory, bearing witness to past and present. In the context of 2020-2021, excavation, as both metaphor and process, is essential to the personal and collective healing all of these works visualize.

Cosmo Whyte and Hank Willis Thomas appropriate and obscure archival images through processes that invite active participation to decode: Whyte’s Stretch Marks and Keloids, is based on photographs of West Indian women participating in a 1940s Empire Day, which he stretches through a drawing process, scraping the surface to reveal white paper pulp beneath. The artist calls these stark abrasions keloids; a keloid is a type of scar tissue build-up caused by injury or trauma to the skin, a condition which disproportionately affects darker skin tones. The artist explains, “In an attempt to re-contextualize unintentional scarring, I reimagine keloids as a way the body documents history on the skin.” Born in Jamaica, a British colony from 1655 until 1962, the artist “explores how notions of identity are disrupted by migration,” and how personal and collected memory is embedded in the body. Race Riot (With Interference) belongs to Thomas’s body of work that uses retro-reflective screen-printing technology to obscure archival press photographs of public events that resolve only through flash photography. To the naked eye, the images appear as white-washed scenes devoid of any perceptible narrative; through the augmented gaze of the camera’s lens and flash, the images document instances of racial and social injustice.

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