2011 Book (So Long Bobby)
Inkjet prints on frame, 50×60.
“She held a trembling hand out to K. and made him sit down beside her, she spoke with an effort, it was an effort to understand her, but what she said “
Archive 1: Bill Eppridge : Robert Kennedy Visiting Watts district, Los Angeles, 1968.
Archive 2: Harry Benson : Murder of Senator Robert Kennedy, Los Angeles, 1968.
Archive 3: Paul Fusco , RFK Funeral Train, 1968.
On June 5, 1968 senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles during his campaign running for presidential election. Paul Fusco’s images show mourners standing along the railway waiting for the funeral train carrying the Robert Kennedy body. In every picture of the series, all classes of society are represented and what is most notable is the presence of afro-americans. We have to return to the base of the senator engagement during his campaign to understand it. The senator-candidate denounces U.S engagement in Vietnam and support the civil law policy ideas of social justice and equality alongside Martin Luther King, who was assassinated a few months before. With Bill Eppridge photographies, who document the kennedy’s campaign, we realise the true nature of his engagement. Fusco’s images reveal the existence of a left wing population, it tells the imminence of a possible change, the end of hope, the sadness of a charismatic figure. History didn’t fullfill its promise, there is just the uncertainty to conclude. As in an unachieved history… as in the Castle, the story ends up in the middle of a sentence.
Book (so Long Bobby) was realised for the exhibition Flaubert’s Castle curated by Ceel Mogami de Haas and Liudvikas Buklys for the HISK Open Studios 2011 (May 13, 14, 15). The exhibition took place in their respective studios.