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    Untitled (Cape Coast)

    2008
    Pigment on organza
    120 x 144 in.
    2008.006.a-e
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    Untitled (Cape Coast), 2008
    Lyle Ashton Harris
    Pigment on organza
    120 x 144 in.
    Gift of the artist and CRG Gallery 2008.006.a-e

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    The concept of layering is central to the video component of the installation as well, with footage superimposed over a large-scale image of Harris’s Untitled (Cape Coast), 2007, printed on panels of silk organza. This beach is home to one of biggest slave trade forts on the Ghana coast. Once a grim “holding tank,” today the fort is a major tourist destination. Projected onto this seemingly idyllic beach scene are views of the surrounding environment, traditional Ghanaian funeral festivals, as well as meditations on trees blowing in the wind. The dreamlike, layered imagery creates a poetic image-scape filled with a nostalgic sense of longing and suggesting the complex relationship contemporary Ghanaians have to history.

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