GOOD FRIDAY 1865

Good Friday 1865 was the day Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth during a performance at Ford’s Theatre, Washington DC. Booth was later shot and killed, but his eight conspirators were made to wear canvas hoods during their confinement. Each hood covered the entire head, with a small opening at the mouth for eating, and was tied securely around the neck. Nearly a century-and-a-half later these recreated hoods evoke the original wearers. Gaping mouths silently convey the sentences etched upon them as they continue to conspire.

- conspirators' hoods -

(2008) textiles, plaster shell, paint, organic pigment: each 400 x 250 x 250 mm

CONSP HOODS LANDSCAPE LEFT ARROW