Other Voices, Other Rooms: Minimalist Images of Everyday Life

LIGHT CONFIRMS MY REALITY: CHOREOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGERY BY JEFF WALL

AFTER “INVISIBLE MAN’ BY RALPH ELLISON, THE PREFACE, 1999-2001

This work represents a well-known scene from Ellison’s classic novel, “The Invisible Man.” Wall’s version shows us the cellar room, “warm and full of light” in which Ellison’s narrator lives, complete with its 1,369 lightbulbs. Energy and light, stolen from the electric company, illuminate not only the character’s basement dwelling, but also the truth of his existence. He tells us, “Light confirms my reality, gives birth to my form…. Without light I am not only invisible but formless as well; and to be unaware of one’s form is to live a death…. The truth is the light and light is the truth.”

WITH EYES WIDE OPEN, THERE ARE STORIES TO TELL

LIGHT ILLUMINATES LIFE: PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGERY BY JEFF WALL

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