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The Implications of Blackness in "Birth of a Nation"
Focusing on a woodcut print recently acquired by the BA, Fischer explores the legacy of racism within American systems and institutions.
Lecture: The Implications of Blackness in Birth of a Nation
with Justyne Fischer
D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film, Birth of a Nation, glorified and revived the Ku Klux Klan in America. In contrast, Justyne Fischer’s woodcut examines the legacy of deep-rooted racism within American systems and institutions. Fischer’s Birth of a Nation renders the Klansmen as mountains, grand and carved into the American landscape. They are not hidden in the shadows or part of a long-forgotten practice—theyView more
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