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Casting Shadows

Photographs by Edward West

On View:
Thursday, January 19, 2017 — Sunday, March 19, 2017


Edward West traveled to South Africa in the early 1990s after apartheid was abolished. He visited the country's communities of color—townships and squatter camps—places outside and invisible to urban centers, where South Africans of color had been forced to live. There, the artist created his series  Casting Shadows, photographs depicting the lives of black South Africans during the new period of societal transformation. West also captures the rich polyglot nature of South African society in the works’ titles, which incorporate four of the country's eleven official languages.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibition Series at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum addresses issues of race, diversity, social justice, civil rights, and humanity to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and to enrich our community with new perspectives.

This exhibition was sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs & Services, College of Arts, Sciences & Education, College of Business, College of Communication, Architecture & The Arts, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, College of Law, African & African Diaspora Studies Program at the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs and the Intercontinental Hotel Doral. 

Image caption: Edward West,  Arniston (detail), 1997-2000, Giclee print on Lysonic paper, Courtesy of the Artist