Galerie Hubert Winter

Mary Ellen Carroll, BLACKS LIKE ME (2008)
glas, neon, cable and transformator, overall 2 x 2 meter

The work BLACKS LIKE ME consists of two signs that are inverted mistakes that refer to the 1961 book Black Like Me by white journalist John Howard Griffin, a civil rights activist and friend of the reverend Martin Luther, Jr., who disguised himself as a black man and chronicled the experience. (This book had a particular effect on Carroll when she took it from her sister´s college bookshelf and read it as an eleven-year-old, inspiring her to darken her own skin.)