Panoramas of Slavery

These six photographs, taken by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities' Encyclopedia Virginia, represent buildings and landscapes associated with slavery in Virginia. The images are distorted because they were 360-degree spherical photographs that have been projected onto a flat surface. The history here is working in the other direction. The challenge has been to give the story of slavery shape, dimension, and depth. By comparing images of original and reconstructed slave dwellings, these photographs invite a conversation about what and how we choose to remember. By listening to the voices on the mobile app, other questions may come to mind. Why are the buildings important? Why have so many of the spaces of slavery vanished from the landscape? And what does it mean to reconstruct these spaces?

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