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Celestia Morgan

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

With the appropriation of mapping and the mediating lens of photography, Celestia Morgan's Redline explores the histories of racially-based housing discrimination in Birmingham, Alabama. The residue of redlining continues to haunt the city’s black neighborhoods as can be seen in the relationship between Interstate 20/59 and poverty-stricken areas.

The HOLC map of 1930 and current GPS mapping systems influences the geometric outlines in these photographs. The silhouettes are outlined against blue skies. Using the familiar expression “the sky's the limit,” Morgan critically examines the role of redlining in stifling the economic and social aspirations of those communities.

The Photographs the houses show some of the homes with dignity, seeing both the value in the structures themselves and the worthiness of those who live in them.

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