"The Black Body, whether on the auction block, the American plantation, hanged from a light pole as part of a lynching ritual, attacked by police dogs within the Civil Rights era, or staged as a "criminal body" by contemporary law enforcement and judicial systems is a body that has been forced into the public spotlight and given compulsory visibility. It has been made to be given to be seen."- Harvey Young.
Using more than four thousand images of victims of racial violence, Sims takes on the task of sorting, numbering, and disregarding each image to highlight the treatment of black bodies. Focusing on this compulsory visibility, the task becomes repetitive, as new images are added to the pile daily. Sims invites the viewer to observe and connect with each image. Not only is one looking at the image, but in some ways, the images are looking back.
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