FLOWERS SPEAK TERSELY, saying Hold strong, be well, I love you, in an emotional instant of regret or of support. They are the mixing of the sexes: masculine/ feminine. Eerie, unforgiving witnesses, flowers speak a stoic language of death—the sick, the bedridden, the dead are all surrounded by plants. Radiant on top and dirty down below.

1. Angola is leathery, flat, broken, bleeding, vertical, Christlike, somber.

2. Argentina is cheerful, assertive, prickly baby trumpets, skybound.

3. Bolivia is maudlin, wilted, seductive, modest, dark, defeated, elegant.

For the past ten years, Christopher Williams has pursued a cryptic course between the theoretical, the political, and, in his reworking of traditional photographic genres (landscape, portraiture, still life), the esthetic. The sources of Williams’ images are institutional houses of information: photographic archives, commercial photo companies,

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