There are two historical photos that appear in the main text of the FFO2021
The first one is a photo by Robert S. Scurlock showing Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 (Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution). The second one is a reinterpretation of Anderson's performance by Carrie Mae Weems, from the series Slow Fade to Black.
SLOW FADE TO BLACK, 2010-11
Pigment ink prints
“Slow Fade to Black honors the many African American women of the stage and attempts to negate their erasure from cultural memory. Weems has long been interested in the role of the stage as a place for early public expressions of positive black persona, a concept she first explored in the series Ode to Affirmative Action (1989). In Slow Fade to Black, she purposely blurred publicity images of various female performers from Josephine Baker to Marian Anderson to Nina Simone. This lack of focus suggests their fading physical presence as well as society's fading memories of them since few are included in mainstream history books. Viewers may think that they recognize the figure, but the images never come into total focus, a comment on the invisibility and negligible status ultimately experienced by many of these women.”
Carrie Mae Weems, Three Decades of Photography and Video, 2012
Edited by Kathryn E. Delmez; With essays by Kathryn E. Delmez, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Franklin Sirmans, Robert Storr, and Deborah Willis
Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953) is one of the most important contemporary artists working in text, fabric, audio, digital images, and installation video, and is best known for her work in the field of photography.
More info /link to webpage Carrie Mae Weems