Andre Bradley

Negro League Mural

Archival inkjet print
4 x 6 inches
Edition of 5, 1 AP

This image comes from the series The Dark Archives, an exploration of Bradley’s early years: a traumatic childhood, a largely absent father, and his fascination with the symbolic and literal portrayal of black men and families in America. The images are deeply moving, conveying a sense of love and joy that is palpable in some moments, as is the sense of isolation and sadness in others. Many of the photographs are marred by light leaks and fingerprints, yet despite their blemishes they are tenderly arranged and cared for by the artist. This first family system asks us to understand Bradley as a lonely and curious child in the context of broken family and a culture that resented and romatized his skin color.

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