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Photogravure printed on gampi mounted on Somerset black 280 gram cotton rag; re-edited photograph of an ethnological display of Filipinos from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Printed by Paul Mullowney and Harry Schneider in an edition of 20 plus 8 proofs. Co-published by BOXBLUR, Catharine Clark Gallery, and Mullowney Printing, San Francisco, CA and Portland.
Image: 16 x 20 inches
Sheet: 18 x 24 inches
Note: Crumpled/folded gampi is proud by 1/8” from back mounted layer of Somerset
The physically manipulated photogravures in the series “Afterimages” are based on visual research that the artist conducted at historical museums in St. Louis and during a 2019 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. In this response, ethnographic images of a “Filipino Village” on display at the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair are reedited through crumpling and folding to deny their imagined function as anthropological evidence, and to reveal their presentation as inherently fabricated. By utilizing the traditional medium of photogravure, Syjuco furthers her exploration of how photography and early imaging forms are linked with the production of American colonial history. Special thanks to The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and The Luminary for supporting the initial research for this project.