LESLIE BERNS
BOOKMARKS for a MIXED RACE NARRATIVE: Who Could and Couldn't Marry Whom (Cast-offs; Resistance to Framing)

2015
cut and torn paper, collage
22" x 30"
(Portraits Courtesy of Harry H. Laughlin Collection, Special Collections Department, Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University)


Portraits and text from a document titled "Anti-Miscegenation Laws of the Several States: 1932" are recontextualized and graphically displayed as 'bookmarks'. 'Bookmarks' references the increasingly significant role of reading/research in my practice and in the 'writing' of a personal narrative within a social, historical context.
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