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Rewriting history

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.
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.
Arranged alphabetically by image title.
14 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials