white Tyvek protective haz-mat suit with one attached glove, hood, and blue foot protectors, hanging from a string against a grey wall with white and tan spots, drips, and stains; metal trash can at left; two green benches in foreground; fluorescent light in ULC

%C2%A9 Eric William Carroll

Clean Suit, 2017-2019

Eric William Carroll’s work as an observer to several security-restricted sites for scientific research involved working closely with scientists to understand the material culture of their practices as well as the professional cultures within each of these sites. Noting the relative lack of racial diversity throughout these sites, Carroll sought to portray the absences of Black and brown people through poignant visual compositions. These haunting images of disembodied black gloves and deflated white hazmat suits raise multiple spectres, particularly in the last case, as the pointed hood of the suit seems all too reminiscent of a Klan costume—and provoke new questions about the future of American science.

Details
Title
Clean Suit
Artist Life
born 1980
Role
Photographer
Accession Number
2020.18.2
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white Tyvek protective haz-mat suit with one attached glove, hood, and blue foot protectors, hanging from a string against a grey wall with white and tan spots, drips, and stains; metal trash can at left; two green benches in foreground; fluorescent light in ULC

© Eric William Carroll

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