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Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project

Dawoud Bey’s The Birmingham Project is a commemorative tribute to the four young girls killed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, as well as two boys killed the same day in the aftermath. Between 2012 and 2013, Bey photographed Birmingham boys and girls who were the same ages as the six children killed in 1963, coupled with adults fifty years older, the age the children would have been in 2013. The result was a suite of 16 large-scale black and white photographic diptych portraits of 32 Birmingham girls, women, boys, and men, and a single-channel video, 9.15.63, a conceptually powerful remembrance of a seminal event of the Civil Rights Movement.