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Shawn Theodore    Being Black Outweigh's One's Blues    Archival Giclee Print on Canson Photosatin Paper    10    28" x 36"    2016

From the series Church of Broken Pieces

Throughout my time photographing subject Jason Andrew, we explored ideas of Black existentialism coupled with visual interpretations of ‘The Blues’. The first appearance of the blues is usually dated after the Emancipation Act of 1863,between 1870 and 1900, a period that coincides with post-emancipation and later, the establishment of juke joints as places where blacks went to listen to music, dance, or gamble after a hard day's work. This period corresponds to the transition from slavery to sharecropping, small-scale agricultural production, and the expansion of railroads in the southern United States. Several scholars characterize the development of blues music in the early 1900s as a move from group performance to individualized performance. They argue that the development of the blues is associated with the newly acquired freedom of the enslaved people. That freedom, came with the criminalization of Blackness throughout the Jim Crow era yet, Black existentialism and expression thrived. Style being the most notable, outward projection of a fully realized self, Blackness took on the vanguard of popular culture in many ways. In this image, which was on the cover of the Smithsonian Magazine announcing the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, pays homage to the multitude of black men who carried the blues in them across time.

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