Lot 03
Morgan Ashcom

One Small Step, (Jim Crow era statue with 1619 spray paint)

Archival pigment print
8 x 10 inches
Signed on verso
Edition of 45
Donated anonymously

Morgan Ashcom’s work explores tensions and discourses surrounding historical narratives, often incorporating elements of fiction and collaboration. This photograph shows a 1920s Jim Crow era statue with the date “1619” spray painted on its base. The date sprayed onto the statue references the legacy of slavery in the United States, the year the first enslaved Africans were brought to Virginia. After receiving backlash from posting the image online, Ashcom created this photograph as an open edition, making a donation from its sales to an African American run organization in Charlottesville that works to educate the public on issues of discrimination and inequality. A portion of the sale price from this work will benefit the Jefferson School’s African American Heritage Center. Ashcom’s work has received numerous awards including the German Photobook Award and the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Photography Now Purchase Prize.

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