This pair of photographs—part of John Edmonds’s Du-Rags series—focuses on the headpiece as both a symbol of Black identity and as a means of suggesting a spiritual, majestic sense of being. The artist, who likens the du-rag to a crown, photographed sitters whom he encountered along Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn. The images emphasize the sitters’ vulnerability as well as the du-rag’s softness, echoed by the delicate silk surfaces of the works themselves, in a way that counters often-stereotyped views of Black masculinity.
Inkjet print on silk
Sheet: 63 5/8 × 42 3/8 in. (161.6 × 107.6 cm)
image: 49 1/2 × 40 1/16 in. (125.7 × 101.8 cm) (show scale)
Alfred T. White Fund
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John Edmonds (American, born 1989). Ascent. Inkjet print on silk, Sheet: 63 5/8 × 42 3/8 in. (161.6 × 107.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Alfred T. White Fund, 2018.5.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Photo courtesy ltd los angeles gallery, CUR.2018.5.1_ltdlosangelesgallery_photograph.jpg)
Edition: 1 of 3, 2 AP
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