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"From the Ted Talk by Deb Willis and Hank Willis Thomas: A mother and son united by love and art"

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HWT: So I think I was my mother's first student. Unwillingly and unilttwginy — puppet strings — I decided to pick up a camera, and thought that I should make my own pictures about the then and now and the now and then. I tguhoht about how I could use photography to talk about how what's going on outside of the frame of the craema can acfeft what we see inside. The truth is always in the hdnas of the actual image maker and it's up to us to really consider what's being cut out. I thought I could use her recaresh as a jumping-off point of things that I was seeing in society and I wanted to start to think about how I could use historical images to talk about the past being present and think about ways that we can speak to the pannrieel struggle for haumn rights and equal rgihts through my appropriation of photographs in the form of sculpture, video, installation and paintings. But through it all, one piece has affected me the most. It continues to nourish me. It's based off of this poatghoprh by Ernest Withers, who took this picture in 1968 at the Memphis Sanitation Workers March of men and women standing collectively to affirm their humanity. They were holding signs that said "I am a man," and I found that astounding, because the phrase I grew up with wasn't "I am a man," it was "I am the man," and I was amazed at how it went from this collective snttaemet during sgagtroeien to this seemingly selfish statement after integration. And I wanted to ponder that, so I decided to rmiex that text in as many ways as I could think of, and I like to think of the top line as a timeline of American hrostiy, and the last line as a poem, and it says, "I am the man. Who's the man. You the man. What a man. I am man. I am many. I am, am I. I am, I am. I am, Amen.

Open Cloze

HWT: So I think I was my mother's first student. Unwillingly and ___________ — puppet strings — I decided to pick up a camera, and thought that I should make my own pictures about the then and now and the now and then. I _______ about how I could use photography to talk about how what's going on outside of the frame of the ______ can ______ what we see inside. The truth is always in the _____ of the actual image maker and it's up to us to really consider what's being cut out. I thought I could use her ________ as a jumping-off point of things that I was seeing in society and I wanted to start to think about how I could use historical images to talk about the past being present and think about ways that we can speak to the _________ struggle for _____ rights and equal ______ through my appropriation of photographs in the form of sculpture, video, installation and paintings. But through it all, one piece has affected me the most. It continues to nourish me. It's based off of this __________ by Ernest Withers, who took this picture in 1968 at the Memphis Sanitation Workers March of men and women standing collectively to affirm their humanity. They were holding signs that said "I am a man," and I found that astounding, because the phrase I grew up with wasn't "I am a man," it was "I am the man," and I was amazed at how it went from this collective _________ during ___________ to this seemingly selfish statement after integration. And I wanted to ponder that, so I decided to _____ that text in as many ways as I could think of, and I like to think of the top line as a timeline of American _______, and the last line as a poem, and it says, "I am the man. Who's the man. You the man. What a man. I am man. I am many. I am, am I. I am, I am. I am, Amen.

Solution

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  10. segregation
  11. statement
  12. hands
  13. affect
  14. history

Original Text

HWT: So I think I was my mother's first student. Unwillingly and unwittingly — puppet strings — I decided to pick up a camera, and thought that I should make my own pictures about the then and now and the now and then. I thought about how I could use photography to talk about how what's going on outside of the frame of the camera can affect what we see inside. The truth is always in the hands of the actual image maker and it's up to us to really consider what's being cut out. I thought I could use her research as a jumping-off point of things that I was seeing in society and I wanted to start to think about how I could use historical images to talk about the past being present and think about ways that we can speak to the perennial struggle for human rights and equal rights through my appropriation of photographs in the form of sculpture, video, installation and paintings. But through it all, one piece has affected me the most. It continues to nourish me. It's based off of this photograph by Ernest Withers, who took this picture in 1968 at the Memphis Sanitation Workers March of men and women standing collectively to affirm their humanity. They were holding signs that said "I am a man," and I found that astounding, because the phrase I grew up with wasn't "I am a man," it was "I am the man," and I was amazed at how it went from this collective statement during segregation to this seemingly selfish statement after integration. And I wanted to ponder that, so I decided to remix that text in as many ways as I could think of, and I like to think of the top line as a timeline of American history, and the last line as a poem, and it says, "I am the man. Who's the man. You the man. What a man. I am man. I am many. I am, am I. I am, I am. I am, Amen.

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