Black Power, 2006
chromogenic print
initialed and numbered '2/30' in ink (verso)
image: 1414 x 23 in. (36.1 x 58.4 cm.)
sheet: 1534 x 24 in. (40 x 60.9 cm.)
This work is number two from an edition of thirty.
Private Collection, New York;
Courtesy of Michael Hoeh.
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The present lot, Black Power, 2006, is an image that conveys with patent brevity Hank Willis Thomas’ interest in themes of perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. A powerful sentiment portrayed through a flashy apparatus, Black Power, 2006 demonstrates a tension between a struggle for racial equity and acknowledgement as well as a commodification of identity through popular media. Thomas’ broad and interdisciplinary career, surveyed in the Aperture text Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal, explores the relationship between the photographic image and issues of representation and perception.

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