In Paradise Found, Strother and Ogita abstract these images to create new ones. Images without people were digitally filtered and painted over; some saw the addition of text that reflects Strother’s sense of humor. Images with white people saw the hands and arms painted over with black; their faces superimposed with scans of hand-painted stickers from Strother’s practice.
This faux diversification via Strother’s usage of assigned signage for black people was an attempt by the artist, a black man, to regain a sense of ownership during his time living as a minority in Germany amongst a majority white population, and to alter a nameless book into something significant.
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