As an artist with a background in graphic design, Doug Keyes is hyperaware of the ways in which information and images are conveyed to the public. He is equally aware of the way knowledge stacks upon itself over time, leaving an impression or collective memory. Using multiple exposure photographs to document the subliminal information our mind gathers, Keyes’ creates a condensed photographic portrait of our collective unconscious. The resulting luminous color photographs reveal (or conceal) an entire experience in a single image.
Expanding on the previous Collective Memory series using books as the subject, this work looks specifically at books others have tried to ban from being printed or distributed. The history of censorship regarding books goes back centuries and is still alive and well today. Whether by removing books from school libraries or just making them difficult to access, controversial or provocative subjects and ideas will continue to be censored.