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The Walker Curates the News: 06.15.15


Steve McQueen, Lynching Tree, 2013, courtesy Schaulager

Steve McQueen’s photo Lynching Tree is being exhibited in the UK for the first time in Tate Britain’s new Fighting History show. Found in Louisiana while scouting locations for 12 Years a Slave (and ultimately featured in the film), the tree is surrounded by graves of those lynched there. In 2013, McQueen said his film was about “projecting the past into the present. So we were very fortunate to use that tree when we were filming those two guys who were being lynched. I mean, yes, we were dancing with ghosts. But we were asking for permission.”

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