Tia Blassingame

Slavery’s Historic House Signs: Providence, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Tia Blassingame

Slavery’s Historic House Signs: Providence, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Date

2015

Edition Size

4

Media

Cyanotype

Dimensions

17 × 176 × 0.25 in

Collection

$ 6,000.00

Out of Print


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Brown University, John Hay Library

This work represents an alternate family tree for the Brown family of Providence, Rhode Island. Pulling from research, a line of related slaves owned by various members of the Brown Family is connected across this scroll. As the reader/viewer walks along its length, they reconstruct a family tree and move along a simulated street where the slaves’ names are privileged over their owners’. With minimal text stretched across a long surface bordered with sumptuous velvet, the book explores methods of reading and speaking about race.

Medium: cyanotype on fabric