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Odds
Date: 1991
Culture: African-American
Dimensions: image: 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (69.9 x 69.9 cm) frame (black wood frame): 29 x 29 in. (73.7 x 73.7 cm)
Medium: gelatin silver print with 10 plaques
Credit Line: Elisabeth Claire Lahti Fund Purchase
Label Text: In Odds, an anonymous black woman appears in three large photographs, accompanied by plaques listing unidentified statistics: 1 in a hundred, 1 out of 3, 2 out of 7, etc. We may recognize these from specific contexts (such as the Ivory soap claim to be “99.44% pure”) or general usage. Simpson forces the viewer to imagine the relationship between the statistics and the images. The nature of statistics is to describe generalities. However, there is much that statistics obscure regarding an individual’s identity or situation. Simpson obscures the identity of this woman, as her face is turned away and her form vanishes into the blackness. Odds may remind us of those individuals in our society, ignored as statistically insignificant, who are rendered silent and anonymous.
Object Number: 2001.40.1
Currently not on view