1983–85, printed 1999
(American, b. 1948)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 22.8 x 19.4 cm (9 x 7 5/8 in.); Framed: 48.4 x 44.5 cm (19 1/16 x 17 1/2 in.)
The Jane B. Tripp Charitable Lead Annuity Trust 2020.76
© Nancy Burson
Edition: edition 14/15
Burson used pictures from a 19th-century book of racial stereotypes and weighted their visibility in the resulting composite to reflect world population statistics in the mid-1980s.
Although the image, if done with 2020 population statistics, might not look terribly different, the concept of race has changed in the intervening decades. Racial identity is often now discussed as a social rather than biological construct and is no longer considered a valid division by most geneticists.
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