In ' White Gold ' I photographed 150 ivory artifacts from post-colonial Congo in their original wrappings.  Their story is part of a complex narrative that includes power relationships, hierarchy, slavery and the destructive consumption that has led the Elephant and Rhinoceros populations to the verge of extinction in it's quest for ivory.   The unopened wrappings became the ivory’s sarcophagus, symbolizing on the one hand the death involved in obtaining the ivory, while at the same time, presenting them as objects of desire.   

In 'White Gold' I photographed 150 ivory artifacts from post-colonial Congo in their original wrappings.  Their story is part of a complex narrative that includes power relationships, hierarchy, slavery and the destructive consumption that has led the Elephant and Rhinoceros populations to the verge of extinction in it's quest for ivory.   The unopened wrappings became the ivory’s sarcophagus, symbolizing on the one hand the death involved in obtaining the ivory, while at the same time, presenting them as objects of desire.

 

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 In ' White Gold ' I photographed 150 ivory artifacts from post-colonial Congo in their original wrappings.  Their story is part of a complex narrative that includes power relationships, hierarchy, slavery and the destructive consumption that has led the Elephant and Rhinoceros populations to the verge of extinction in it's quest for ivory.   The unopened wrappings became the ivory’s sarcophagus, symbolizing on the one hand the death involved in obtaining the ivory, while at the same time, presenting them as objects of desire.   
_MG_7941 180 print final.jpg
_MG_8004 180 print  final.jpg
_MG_8040 180 print final.jpg
_MG_8075 180 print final.jpg
_MG_8081 180 print final.jpg
_MG_8150 180 print final.jpg
_MG_8187.jpg
_MG_8231.jpg

In 'White Gold' I photographed 150 ivory artifacts from post-colonial Congo in their original wrappings.  Their story is part of a complex narrative that includes power relationships, hierarchy, slavery and the destructive consumption that has led the Elephant and Rhinoceros populations to the verge of extinction in it's quest for ivory.   The unopened wrappings became the ivory’s sarcophagus, symbolizing on the one hand the death involved in obtaining the ivory, while at the same time, presenting them as objects of desire.

 

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