History of Our World

The Omega Suites, Lucinda Devlin, 2000

Posted in Art, Photography by R on November 5, 2009

Electric Chair, Greensville Correctional Facility, Jarratt, Virginia, 1991

Electric Chair, Greensville Correctional Facility, Jarratt, Virginia, 1991

Final Holding Cell, Greensville Correctional Facility, Jarratt, Virginia, 1991

Final Holding Cell, Greensville Correctional Facility, Jarratt, Virginia, 1991

Executioner's Room, Greenhaven Correctional Facility, Greenhaven, New York, 1991

Executioner’s Room, Greenhaven Correctional Facility, Greenhaven, New York, 1991

Electric Chair, Greenhaven Correctional Facility, Greenhaven, New York, 1991

Electric Chair, Greenhaven Correctional Facility, Greenhaven, New York, 1991

…we are present at the moment before or after the body twitches it’s last spasm and not when the death rattle is heard. However, once we cease to be seduced by the beauty of the designed formal space, the civilized moral consciousness asserts itself to challenge privileging the esthetic reaction. Slowly, as we begin to understand what we are looking at, we must question whether the unseen action is any less brutal and barbaric because we perceive its instruments with out witnessing it actually taking place.

Some great moral works of art, such as Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist drama Les mains sales, André Cayatte’s film Nous sommes tous des assassins or Maya Lin’s Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C., in which viewers cannot read the list of the war dead without seeing their own faces mirrored among the names of casualties, are based on forcing our acknowledgment of participation in human tragedy.

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The Omega Suites

Lucinda Devlin

Introduction by Barbara Rose

Steidl

2000

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Lucinda Devlin

Steidl

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R

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  1. Adam said, on September 23, 2010 at 04:27

    That photo of Virginia’s electric chair is just astounding. How the chair sits there against the all white wall backdrop with the one way mirror window facing it and the clock.

  2. Helen Lysen said, on November 9, 2011 at 19:32

    The perspective from the executioner’s room is such a powerful image.

  3. Duane said, on May 19, 2012 at 19:16

    Wow! The chair at Greenhaven is actually the famous Sing Sing Prison chair. It was moved to Greenhaven in 1971. When this pic was taken in 1991, the chair was 100 years old!


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