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Is there a difference between a Black body lynched in 1919 and the forced removal of a community through the construction of a freeway? Or a blighted landscape shaped through generations of segregationist legislation versus a Black life taken by police in 2018? With Re-Making The Mark, I produce a mixture imagery and history to prompt inquiry into not only how racial violence has been recorded through images, but how they can also become a subversive code to interrupt collective belief. I capitalize on photography’s capacity to reveal temporal layers, and my work reinterprets American narratives about power, race, and violence across time. I accomplish this by invoking the notion of the photographic archive and through dealing with the convergence of the physical and social landscape. Creating a collection of images, objects, and image-objects meant to be scrutinized together in both their historical and contemporary contexts, and provide a be`er understanding of systemic white supremacy and the resulting violence therein.