Ethnic Inventory

In this series, I look to the phantom ink shadows on the backside of engravings from a 19th-century edition of Buffon’s Natural History. Buffon’s stature allowed him to include man in Natural History against the doctrines of the church that conceived humanity as God’s creation set apart from the aminal world. But we are left with an impression of a nostalgic regret of the destruction of the non-white races and their civilizations. They appear like phantoms from the past and the entire series suggests that man on the whole risks becoming a forgotten memory.