Byrd Williams (I)
Saturday, March 11 - 1:00PM to 1:45PM
I will examine an archive consisting of photographs and letters dating back to the U.S. Civil War. It is a mini history of photography in Texas. Walking into this archive is to walk among the dead. I am the last remaining survivor in this Borgesian library of images. It was fiendishly comical when I noticed the irony of what had taken place: middle-class transubstantiation. Instead of bread and wine turning into body and blood of Christ, four generations of my forefathers’ bodies and blood have turned into paper and silver. Entire lives reside in coffins of image folders.