"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"I’ve collected archival material from black photo journals from 1939 to 1972, looking at magazines like ‘Our World,’ ‘Sepia,’ and ‘Ebony.’ Initially I was attracted to the magazines because the wig advertisements had a grid-like structure that interested me. But as I began looking through them, the wig ads themselves had such a language to them- so worldly- that referred to other countries, La Sheba...this sort of lost past."
- Ellen Gallagher