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In ‘Historical Correction’, photographer Maxine Helfman reimagines Flemish portraiture with subjects typically not represented in the genre.
Flemish portraits depict people dressed in elaborate collars and hats, their expressions unmoving and emotionless. Oh, and they’re all white. This is the 17th century after all, where art patrons were usually white noblemen.
To address this underrepresentation, Helfman created a series wherein people of colour have their photos taken in the same robes and fancy headwear. It’s basically a revision of history. The black community, long ignored and maligned, now taking the spotlight.
According to Helfman, her series seeks to empower as well as make us ponder on inequ…