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"Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded"

  • Art, Contemporary art
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Time Out says

Whether subtle or overt, most advertisements contain messages that go beyond the desire to sell a product. Hank Willis Thomas has spent the majority of his career sifting through archives of vintage ads and digitally stripping away the text, uncovering imagery that was targeted at African Americans and women that sought to influence the ways in which consumers view race and gender. Devoid of context, brands and slogans, Thomas uses the illustrations and photographs contained within these advertisements to examine the impact of mass communication.

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