Richard Ansett

THE TALE OF AUSTIN CALLAWAY

As part of Coventry City of Culture at Coventry Cathedral 1st October – 13th November

As the city of Coventry suffered one of the worst bombings of the 2nd World War, a 16-year-old boy was killed in isolated woodland outside LaGrange, Georgia, USA.

Throughout Black History Month and beyond, the exhibition explores the legacy of racial violence that affects us all through documentation of the collection of soil by his descendants at the site of his murder.

In conversation with the Dean of Coventry Cathedral, Richard Ansett and the descents of Austin Callaway WATCH HERE

Full statement/press release HERE

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.

A Lynching in America

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is an essential tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage through a relationship to any systematic violence and dehumanization. In this spirit, communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

77 years ago Austin Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American, was dragged out of a jail cell by a band of masked white men, shot five times in the head and left for dead in isolated woodland outside the town of LaGrange, Georgia.

This photographic project tackles the enormous subject of the history of lynching through the documentation of the collection of soil from one site for a memorial jar. In collaboration with the direct descendants of Austin Callaway as well as members of the black and white community, representatives of law enforcement and a descendant of the family that found Callaway’s body, this project is meant as an allegory for the different legacies of damage that affect all of us.

The Typology of 6 Soils taken at the Equal Justice Initiative offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent some of the many other victims with dates and locations as captions embedded in the work, broadening this exploration from the intimate moment in a secluded woodland to a bigger picture of the true extent statistically and geographically.

The soil itself as an image and the descents’ interaction with the soil represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. Soil as a divisive right-wing concept of place and identity has been re-appropriated here as a basic right of all to feel self-assured in our connection to our homeland.