THE BLACK IMAGE CORPORATION

An exhibition conceived by Theaster Gates, for Fondazione Prada and until 14 January 2019 at the Osservatorio venue in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan.
The project explores the fundamental legacy of Johnson Publishing Company archives, which feature more than 4 million images and have contributed to shape the aesthetic and cultural languages of the contemporary African American identity.

 Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti, Courtesy Fondazione Prada
Theaster Gates has conceived a coral and participatory exhibition focused on the works of two photographers: Moneta Sleet Jr. and Isaac Sutton. Images representing the gamut of Black American standard social elite and celebrity narration to politics, self-help, sports, beauty and sexuality. While most frames contain images of Black women, actresses and models, some frames show the reverse of photographs that include information on location, date and photographer.

Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti, Courtesy Fondazione Prada
The visitors will be invited to freely explore this extensive visual archive pulling out and contemplating single frames from the structure or putting them on display outside of it, making them visible for other visitors. This presentation will be completed by a series of large format photographs realized by Sleet and Sutton and selected by Theaster Gates.

Photo: Isaac Sutton.
Courtesy Johnson Publishing Company, LLC.
All rights reserved.

Fondazione Prada
Milano Osservatorio
The Black Image Corporation
until January 14th, 2019

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