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Black Is, Black Ain't (detail)
Black Is, Black Ain't (detail)
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"In her 2006 work American Classics [FIG.11], Elizabeth Axtman further multiplies such voicings, lip-synching speech fragments that Hollywood cinema has placed in the mouths of its "tragic mulattoes." Through their ventriloquizations of whitened subjectivity, Pindell's and Axtman's performances index the ways in which video art has time and again figured forms of narcissism, coupling, and relation that can be imagined only within the embrace of a society from which dark citizens have been summarily ejected."
------from Huey Copleand's essay Babel Screened: On race, Narcissism, and The Predication of American Video Art