2020_Archives (Series)

The “2020_Archives (Series)” is a body of art that documents social, political, and economic events that have occurred throughout New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, and Leipzig, Germany in the year 2020. Some of the photographs were taken during my visit to New Orleans at the start of the corona pandemic in the United States, while other photographs were taken upon my arrival back in Leipzig.

As a native from New Orleans, I took the time to photograph how the pandemic started to affect certain people and businesses as I ventured throughout the city. Once I arrived back in Germany, I continued to document the social response to the coronavirus pandemic in Leipzig. Coincidentally, most of the people started to react to the political injustice that was happening in the United States in response to the killing of George Floyd. Upon my arrival, I began to witness and photograph a massive Black Lives Matter demonstration in the city center of Leipzig.

The more I continued to photograph these events, the more I started to self-reflect on how I was responding to these political and social changes. And as an African-American man, I’m deeply affected by both the coronavirus pandemic and police brutality. Consequently, I started to create self-portraits that depict my public-identity. 

The "2020_Archives (Series)" was generously funded by the "Denkzeit" Stiftung provided by Kulturstiftung des Freistaates

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