Jeff Wall, After 'Invisible Man' by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue 1999–2000
Transparency in lightbox 1740 x 2505 mm
Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, on permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, Cinematographic photograph, © The artist
Jeff Wall is a photographer from Vancouver, BC. Each of his images is the result of immensely elaborate creative explorations. He may spend from weeks to years on completing a single finished image. He stages his scenes, sometimes reproducing or interpreting paintings or specific events.
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Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel Invisible Man centres on a black man who, during a street riot, falls into a forgotten room in the cellar of a large apartment building in New York and decides to stay there, living hidden away. The novel begins with a description of the protagonist's subterranean home, emphasising the ceiling covered with 1,369 illegally connected light bulbs. ISBN 978-0-679-60139-5