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Pamina Traylor’s Tagged

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January 22 – March 30, 2008

Tagged, 72"h x 39"w x 6"d, glass & mixed-media, Pamina Traylor

Tagged, 72″h x 39″w x 6″d, glass & mixed-media, Pamina Traylor

Tagged required three years to complete and is a meditation on the nature of ethnic prejudice. Images are photo transferred onto solid-sculpted glass “tongues.” The majority of the photographs are altered reproductions of photos by Dorothea Lange, taken for the War Relocation Authority during the period that Japanese-Americans were forcibly relocated to internment camps. The “book” shows a family photograph from the Topaz Internment Camp, with the artist’s mother shown as a young girl seated at the right. The newspaper clippings, primarily from The New York Times, are about recent ethnic prejudice directed against Arab-Americans. All the clippings are from September 11, 2001 to 2004, when the work was completed.Tagged is being presented as part of the on-going Dialogues program in conjunction with The Art of Gaman.

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