Stan Squirewell’s “Remixed” 19th– and 20th–Century Portraits

Jenna Adrian-Diaz for SURFACE
What was on your mind at the time:  My source material is found photography from the 19th- and early 20th-century. Typically these are unknown subjects, but by the very nature of them having had their portraits taken, we know that they weren’t nobody: often it meant they were people of means. I love the process of layering collage over these anonymous figures and recreating identities for them layer by layer. In this work, the woman is squarely in the center. This dynamic was very familiar to me, it’s how I understand Black families to be, held together by the women as central figures.
November 10, 2023