SLAVE HOUSES

These photographs were taken in Southern Louisiana, in and around the towns of Vacherie and Thibodaux.  They show typical dwellings that housed slaves owned by predominantly sugar cane plantations. These houses were built between the 1760’s and the1860’s.  The American Civil War (1861 to 1865) and Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 put an end to slavery in the U.S.A. 

Inspired by Düsseldorf School artists such as photographer Andreas Gursky and painter Gerhard Richter, I often choose to depict the perplexing aspects of the human condition and the sublime beauty of the ordinary in my work.

 

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SLAVE HOUSES

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