DIGNITY IMAGES: HARLEM
The refusal to perform alludes to a history of resistance. This type of activity is mirrored in images that remain off-line and unshared. A “dignity image” is a personal image that has not been shared on social media. In an attention economy in which people are only worth the images they share, the images withheld from circulation—whether out of sentimentality or security—may be important tools for retaining dignity and identity. These dignity images were shared with Artist by people who have lived in Harlem from 6 months to 17 years.