Håkan Ludwigson


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Håkan Ludwigson

Ed. Lennart Grebelius, text(s) by Lennart Grebelius, graphic design by Andrew Cowie


2019. 94 pp., 120 ills.


21.80 x 21.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4546-8

The Texas prison system registers 450 deaths a year. Families make no claim for 100 of them. They have been buried in the Joe Byrd Cemetery near Huntsville since the mid-nineteenth century. Inmates look after the cemetery as well as fabricate the gravestones. An “x” means that the prisoner was executed. A “999” indicates that he died while waiting on death row. The Swedish artists Lennart Grebelius and Håkan Ludwigson set up a final monument to these “unwanted.” Ludwigson photographed the stone crosses in a rigorously aesthetic manner against an identical black background. An accompanying table lists who the deceased were: their name, their age, their profession, their crime, the duration of their imprisonment, and their mode of death. A macabre yet immensely powerful series.

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