A found press photograph – a contested image, reportedly depicting two Iranian teenage boys about to be executed by hanging – is reconfigured with a cotton thread that continues the noose ropes beyond the picture edge and joins them in a loop.

Initial reports stated the young men were executed for homosexuality. Subsequent reports claimed they were charged with the sexual assault of another child. Human rights groups maintain their only crime was being gay. These conflicting reports do not diminish the power of the image in signalling ongoing human rights breaches against LGBTQI people around the world.

Links to articles addressing this work, by Paul Kelaita and Steve Dow, are included on the 'texts' page of this site.

 

Double hanging, 2005
Double hanging, 2005
cotton thread, silver gelatin print, pins
variable, c. 40 x 15 x 2cm

Double hanging, 2005
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