I began this series of photographs in response to learning that Salem, Massachusetts became the home of the character Samantha Stevens, from television's "Bewitched". TVLand installed the bronze statue in the middle of town, near the sites where innocent women and men were tortured and sent to the gallows in 1692. The statue's placement drew a few protests, yet it does not seem out of place in today's Salem, which proudly calls itself "Witch City".
I am concerned with the collective misremembering of history. My
reading of first-hand accounts of the Salem witchcraft crisis informs
these photographic reenactments, in which I use contemporary plastic
dolls to comment on the commercialization and trivialization of
horrific events. The anachronism of these scenes brings past events
closer to the present, makes history more immediate.