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: 62 × 42 1/2 in. (157.5 × 108 cm)
image: 48 5/8 × 40 1/4 in. (123.5 × 102.2 cm) (show scale)
Alfred T. White Fund
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John Edmonds (American, born 1989). The Prince. Inkjet print on silk, Sheet: 62 × 42 1/2 in. (157.5 × 108 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Alfred T. White Fund, 2018.5.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Photo courtesy ltd los angeles gallery, CUR.2018.5.2_ltdlosangelesgallery_photograph.jpg)
Edition: 3 of 3, 2 AP
. Photo courtesy ltd los angeles gallery
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