Until January 29, Amy Elkins’s two bodies of work, “Parting Words” and “Black is the Day, Black is the Night” will be on display at the Aperture Gallery in New York. As a winner of this year’s Aperture Award, Elkins visually explores capital punishment and federal imprisonment in the United States. 

Until January 29, Amy Elkins’s two bodies of work, “Parting Words” and “Black is the Day, Black is the Night” will be on display at the Aperture Gallery in New York. As a winner of this year’s Aperture Award, Elkins visually explores capital punishment and federal imprisonment in the United States. The two projects were conceived when Elkins began correspondence with several death row inmates across the country in 2009. Elkins explains, “While letters were exchanged between many of them for years, it was only within the first three months that the first man I wrote with was executed. He was in the state of Texas. I went online to search for more information the day of his execution and landed myself on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) website and the executions archive in all its macabre detail. It was with that information that I catapulted into Parting Words, a visual archive of the 500+ prisoners to date executed in the state of Texas. This is just a small selection of the archive”.

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10001

text by Canbra Hodsdon