The Black Index, Hardback Book

The Black Index Hardback


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The artists featured in The Black Index-Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C.

Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas-build upon the tradition of Black self-representation as an antidote to colonialist images.

Their translations of photography challenge the medium's long-assumed qualities of objectivity, legibility, and identification.

Using drawing, sculpture, and digital technology to transform the recorded image, these artists question our reliance on photography as a privileged source for documentary objectivity and historical understanding.

The works featured here offer an alternative practice-a Black index.

In the hands of these six artists, the index still serves as a finding aid for information about Black subjects, but it also challenges viewers' desire for classification and, instead, redirects them toward alternative information.