Lyle Ashton Harris
Ektachrome Archives
(New York Mix), 2017

Lyle Ashton Harris’s Once (Now) Again, a site-specific multimedia installation features a three-channel video work comprised of projected images taken from Harris’s Ektachrome Archive (photographed 1986–2000) as well as three new video works using footage originally recorded on Hi-8 and MiniDV format in the 1990s. The resulting assemblage serves to both memorialize and evoke moments lived at the intersection of the personal and the political.

Bearing witness to a period of seismic shifts—the emergence of multiculturalism, the second wave of AIDS activism, and the interconnection of the contemporary art scene with LGBTQ and African diasporic communities—the Ektachrome Archive, an ongoing project,  documents his friends, family, and lovers. By setting intimate moments alongside landmark events (such as the Black Popular Culture Conference in 1991, the truce between the Crips and the Bloods in 1992, the Black Male exhibition at the Whitney in 1994, and the Black Nations/Queer Nations Conference in 1995), the archive constructs collective and private narratives to comment on identity, desire, sexuality, and loss.

The Ektachrome slide images below are from the three-channel video installation Ektachrome Archives (New York Mix) (2017), one component of Once (Now) Again.


SELECT SUBJECTS FROM EKTACHROME ARCHIVES
(NEW YORK MIX), 1986–1998

Zackie Achmet
John Akomfrah
Hilton Als
Anthony Appiah
Nicole Atkinson
Houston A. Baker, Jr.
Vivek Bald
Nancy Barton
Conrad Beckmann
Maurice Berger
Klaus Biesenbach
Denise Bigio
Jacqueline Bobo
Sharon Bowen
Sonia Boyce
Herb Boyd
Jacqueline Bradley
Ghurron Briscoe
Crystal Britton*
Ronald Brown
Robert Brown
Julie Burleigh
Gail Burton
Ricky Butler
Jonathan Caseley
Nicholas Chareton
Tosh Chareton
Faith Childs
Barron Claiborne
Cathy Cohen
Papo Colo
Houston Conwill
Kinshasha Holman Conwill
Elaine Terner Cooper*
Diego Cortez
Renee Cox
Douglas Crimp
Randy Crumbaker
Meri Nana-Ama Danquah
Angela Davis
Vaginal Davis
Samuel R. Delany
Edouard Deual-Carrié
Manthia Diawara
David Driskell
Cheryl Dunye
Alexandra Epps
Susan Fales-Hill
Raul Ferrara-Balanquet
Scott Falia
Arthur Fleischer
Shari Frilot
Coco Fusco
Joey Gabriel
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Skip Gates
Tommy Gear

Sean Gibbons
Paul Gilroy
Thelma Golden
Nan Goldin
Guillermo Gómez-Peña
Lina Goupaul                  
John Greyson
Ed Guerrero
Catherine Gund
Christopher Hall
Stuart Hall*
Conrad Hamather
Bethann Hardison
Lyle Ashton Harris
Thomas Allen Harris
Essex Hemphill*
bell hooks
Akasha Gloria Hull
Arthur Jafa
Shirley Johnson
Dion Jones
Jacquie Jones
Isaac Julien
Tom Kalin
Chris Kuhrt
Stephen Lack
Reginald Lamar
Rudean Leinaeng
Wilhelmena Leinaeng
Glenn Ligon
Catherine Lord
Steven Madoff
Andrew Madrid
Manning Marable*
Terry Mathis
Keith Mayerson
Ray McGuire
Kobena Mercer
Rodney Miller
David Mills
Yong Soon Min
Rodney Moore
Joan Morgan
Thomas Munke
Tamara Murphy
B.E. Myers
Meena Nanji
Mark Nash
Margaret Peggy Nelson
Eileen Norton
Peter Norton
Nadia Ofuatey-Alazard
Akilah Nayo Oliver*
Catherine Opie
Clarence Otis, Jr.
Suzan-Lori Parks

Pig Pen
Barbara Polla
Cyrille Polla
Luigi Polla
Scott Poulson-Bryant
CCH Pounders
Kym Ragusa
Suzanne Randolph
Shaun Caley Regen
Michael Richards*
Laurence Rickels
Grandma Riggs
Jean Riggs
Marlon Riggs*
Faith Ringgold
Angela Scheirl
Anne Simmons-Scott
Dread Scott
Allan Sekula
Andres Serrano
Robert Shepard
Jenny Shimizu
Fran Seegull
Gary Simmons
Russell Simmons
Lorna Simpson
Franklin Sirmons
Barbara Smith
Valerie Smith
William Stern
Charles Stone III
Dawn Suggs
Greg Tate
Jack Tilton
Kendall Thomas
Eugenie Tsai
Iké Udé
Jack Vincent
Michele Wallace
Anne Walsh
Larry Walsh
Carrie Mae Weems
Benjamin Weil
Cornell West
Fred Wilson
Judith Wilson
Robert Wilson
Hsio-Wei Yeh

* Deceased