The photos hanging on the walls of Silhouette Sneakers and Art might remind you of something you’ve seen before. That’s the hope, anyway, says local photographer Taylor Hernandez, aka Taylor Mae.
Five of her black and white photographs depict today’s Greenwood District, but the images are inspired by historic photos. Photo subjects are in the same location of the people in original photos. They dressed in clothes that are modern but styled similarly to 1920s-era outfits, Hernandez says.
“Massacre” will open on First Friday (April 2) and run through the end of May at Silhouette Sneakers and Art, 10 N. Greenwood Ave., Suite C.
“It’s supposed to be a little uncomfortable,” says Silhouette owner and curator Venita Cooper. “This is a comparison intended to make the audience question where we are now and how that’s a reflection of the consequences of decisions made over decades, not just the massacre. We think about the Massacre as a two-day event but is it possible the Massacre lasted beyond that, a long-perpetrated violence (both physical and policy) that steadily destroyed a historically successful people.”
Another important symbol is the collaboration and reconciliation making this project possible. Cooper, who is Black, approached Hernandez about the project, offering her gallery space at Silhouette for the exhibit. Hernandez, who is white, felt compelled to work on this project due to the power and importance of the story.
They will create a zine with the photos, as well as publish them online, Hernandez says.