Jackie Black: Last Meal
August 7, 2020 - January 31, 2021
Parrish Art Museum:
279 Montauk Highway,
Water Mill, NY 11976

As a poignant commentary on capital punishment, the American artist researched, staged, and photographed the last meals and statements of 23 Death Row inmates. At first glance, the images may appear as staged food photography that wouldn’t look out-of-place on a diner menu, but suspended against a stark black background with no suggestion of social nor human aspects of mealtime, each becomes a macabre still life. “I use photography because of its ability to stop time,” says Black. “A meal conjures memories. Looking at mortality encourages and engenders a love of life and appreciation for living and enjoying each moment.”

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