A new museum has just opened in Alabama, paying homage to the more than 4,000 men and woman that have been lynched in America. This work, which uses an image of Harry Belafonte (instrumental in financing the Freedom Rides and posting bail for many jailed activists during the 1950s, among other works of activism) juxtaposes a close-up of his face with that of a white woman. A vintage white pin pierces both photos.
What if, the title asks, the opposite were true? What if the lynchings had been carried out by african americans and more than 4,000 white men and woman had been hanged? How long would we have stood by and watched?
(The box, notably, was discovered years ago in Philadelphia, the 'City of Brotherly Love').
What If The Opposite Were True? / ¿Y Si lo Opuesto Fuera Cierto?
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7 x 6 x 6 in.