Phillip Toledano  The Absent Portrait

 

I source original, censored packaging from Iran. Packaging in which the women have been erased. Inked out, individually, by hand. I remove the blacked-out figure from the surrounding image, and a transformation occurs. The censor becomes an artist. And the censored figure becomes a portrait. A portrait not of a person, but of absence. Of suppression. A portrait of a point of view. The censor, a person whose function is to erase, becomes the person who makes us see.

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