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Ayana V. Jackson Confronts Racism With Recreations of Historic Images

December 4, 2015

By Brienne Walsh

© AYANA V. JACKSON/COURTESY MARIANE IBRAHIM GALLERY

Ayana V. Jackson’s “Does the Brown Paper Bag Test Really Exist? Would my Father be Proud?” 2013. 

The term “archival impulse,” first coined by the art historian Hal Foster in an essay in the Fall 2004 edition of the art journal October, can be applied to any artist who mines documents and objects from the past in order to transform “excavation sites” into “construction sites”—or, in other words, to create a more balanced and fair-minded history from...

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