the latest series from artist Denisio Truitt
There is an ancient belief held by various cultures that a photograph (or a photographer) has the ability to capture one’s soul. For the ancestor collection, I alter early 20th century photographs of various indigenous West African ethnic groups to honor and to remember. Many of the photographs taken of Africans at this time were used as a means of voyeurism, eroticization, and reinforcing the “noble savage” stereotype. My deconstruction of the photos to create a new form of art is an intentional act of transmutation and release for these ancestors.