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Panama Jack

Ralph Griffinc. 1984

Souls Grown Deep

Souls Grown Deep
Atlanta, United States

Griffin clothed his figures in specialized garments, especially hats, that speak of the wearers' literal and figurative identities. "Panama Jack" is a veritable Rosetta Stone for Griffin's sensibility. The figure's neck is broken; he bleeds from collar and wrist. His "hat," the proud, sporty Panama, betrayed a self-worth and ambition that provoked his being lynched.

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