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paper shroud for unmournable bodies, after Teju Cole, 2017




"Paper shroud" is a paper-based work paired with a steel stand. Teju Cole’s phrase, “unmournable bodies,” from his essay in The New Yorker, juxtaposed the outpouring of public mourning for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015 with the absence of mourning for the countless violent deaths, often of black and brown bodies, that have gone publicly unmourned. I created the paper shroud in memory of the unmourned.

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36.00 x 69.00 x 24.00 in | 91.44 x 175.26 x 60.96 cm

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A.V. Ryan Studio

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