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As part of the Dream. Snap. Freedom online exhibition programme, organised by five curating students from Central Saint Martins and hosted by Four Corners, we are hosting a lively series of online events exploring the work of radical play through photography and film.We take a look at the new photography book 'The Color Line' by Terrence Phearse, inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois' 1900 Paris archive, followed by a Q&A.Terrence Phearse is an artist, independent curator and writer living in London and New York. He graduated from the University of Westminster with an MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism with Distinction in 2019. Currently, he is completing an MA at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London in Culture, Criticism and Curation. His practice investigates early African American photography and how this relates to the current issues surrounding the Black male body. He is currently a photography editor at Musee magazine and a former fashion editor at Glamour US and assistant at American Vogue. About The Color Line: At the turn of the nineteenth century, W. E. B. Du Bois professed that “the problem of the color line” would be the most significant issue of the twentieth century. The color line refers to the racial division and social interactions between Blacks and Whites. At the 1900 Paris Exposition, he compiled a series of photographs along with charts, infographics, documents and maps for the American Negro Exhibit to combat racism with evidence of social, economic and cultural conditions of Black Americans. His intuition proved to be valid throughout the decades with segregation, protests, the death of Emmett Till, the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the 1963 March on Washington, church bombings and Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. Although race remained a central issue for much of the twentieth century, the problem of the color line continues in the twenty-first century. The moment is not sweet. There is a mood of tiredness and disenchantment with Black people stemming from the death of George Floyd. But none of this is new. Herein lies the burden that has stalked Black people for centuries, the division of the color line. Du Bois’s portrayal of young regal posing well dressed African Americans at the 1900 Paris Exposition acted as a counter-narrative to the hypocrisy that influenced and disjoined for centuries as Blacks moved into the middle class. The Color Line serves a referential archive pointing directly back to Du Bois’s curatorial project 120 years later. In this book, there are a collection of handwritten notes used as ethnography from the men photographed detailing their experience with double consciousness and problems on the color line. Through the utilization of interviews, questionnaires and surveys, this body of work sought to build an archive to extend W. E. B. Du Bois’s photographs that provide a frame of reference that visually articulates the identities of Black men in 2020. Rather than only retell past narratives, the artist has re-situated Du Bois’s archive of photographs and documents from the Paris Exposition by removing the affluent style dress and the data from the original charts and placing them next to the Black men of today who are still dealing with these issues no matter how they look. www.dreamsnapfreedom.comTo Join The Event1) Register via Eventbrite.2) Join us at 6pm on the 25 November for the online sympsosium & Q&A.The symposium and Q&A will take place via Zoom.- Attendees will be sent a link to join the meeting on Thursday 26 November.- You can download Zoom here.Image © Terrence Phearse

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  • November 25, 2020 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM Ended
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