A Careful Arrangement
These permanent banners were commissioned as part of Counterpublic
The project sources my personal collection of vernacular photographs acquired from shops on Cherokee street's antique row in Saint Louis. These images found their way from private albums and scrapbooks to estate sales, thrift stores and finally into my hands.
The work provides a glimpse into the everyday image-making practices of Black communities and families. In these photographs the subjects embrace, pose, gather and gaze. I present them for viewers to consider the possibility of beauty and even joy in the mundane and to reckon with that which is unknowable.