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Rewriting history

 Collection
Call Number: JWJ MSS 244

Scope and Contents

Twelve ink jet prints of color photographs created by Fabiola Jean-Louis in 2020 for her project, Rewriting History, and printed in 2021. The images consist of discrete portraits of women and a girl with African heritage wearing paper gowns fashioned as silk and taffeta and often holding similarly constructed objects, imcluding a violin, as well as surrounded by symbols of late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century luxury. Jean-Louis embellished the clothing and objects as well as the backgrounds of the portraits with symbols and images of the African American experience in the United States including flagellation, lynching, rape, and slavery.

Prints have images 79 x 61 cm on sheets 84 x 67 cm in window mats 102 x 77 cm.

Three prints in corresponding window mats housed in each box with interleavng boards with affixed Mylar sheets between each mat.

Signed and numbered on verso by photographer.

Dates

  • 2020-2021
  • 2021

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Rewriting History is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Fabiola Jean-Louis on the Alfred Z. Baker, Jr. Fund, 2021.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by image title.

Extent

14 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.rewriting

Overview

Twelve ink jet prints of color photographs created by Fabiola Jean-Louis in 2020 for her project, Rewriting History, and printed in 2021. The images consist of discrete portraits of women and a girl with African heritage wearing paper gowns fashioned as silk and taffeta and often holding similarly constructed objects, imcluding a violin, as well as surrounded by symbols of late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century luxury. Jean-Louis embellished the clothing and objects as well as the backgrounds of the portraits with symbols and images of the African American experience in the United States including flagellation, lynching, rape, and slavery.

Fabiola Jean-Louis (born 1978)

Fabiola Jean-Louis (born 1978) is a Haitian born art photographer raised in Brooklyn, New York City.

Processing Information

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Image titles and edition statement from photographer's list.
Title
Guide to Rewriting History
Status
In Progress
Author
by Matthew Daniel Mason
Date
November 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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(203) 432-2977

Location

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New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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