My Own Witness: Rupture and Repair - Statement
My Own Witness: Rupture and Repair.Danielle.11
Pigment print on museum-quality cotton rag paper, gold rice paper, gold thread; 13" x 19"; Unique
My Own Witness: Rupture and Repair
After the 2016 presidential election, I collaborated with individuals who felt invisible and unentitled in this American moment. The subjects told their stories through pose, gesture, and props, asserting their identity and humanity. I ripped the photographs to express the damage rendered by fear of the "other." Inspired by the Japanese practice of Kintsugi – which repairs broken pottery while highlighting its scars – I restored the torn portraits with golden rice paper and thread, underscoring the need to mend our wounds.
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