Sharon Lockhart - CONVICTION (The New York Times, April 19, 2020) - 2021
Conviction was inspired by a photograph from 1931 of a student at Kansas University, Lawrence, wearing a costume depicting “Miss Depression” at the “All University” party. The dean of women had advised the students to select economical costumes for the occasion in view of the depression. The image was published in newspapers across the country at the time. Lockhart produced a set of photographs in which a woman wears a sash with a single word related to the historical moment three months into the COVID pandemic: contagion, apprehension, isolation, digitisation, termination, stratification, recession, depression, ruination, destitution, compassion, conviction, organisation and solidarity. As we move out of the pandemic and confront a new set of historical challenges, the need for conviction remains as important as ever.
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