Erased Lynchings

649_12297252891Ken Gonzales-Day creates a series of photographs in which the ropes and lynched victim have been removed from the scene.
Gonzales Day notes: “the Erased Lyncing series sought to reveal that racially motivated lynching and vigilantism was a more widespread practice in the American West than was believed, and that in California, the majority of Lynchings were perpetrated against Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans.”

In this case, the haunting absence of the victim becomes an invisible presence; these effigies to America’s brutal past shift the focus to the perpetrators of the crime. Remaining fully present, their hand in history becomes palpable.