Whitewashed is a publication about the mis-representation of nostalgia in regard to the public pool in American history.
Throughout history the swimming pool has often been viewed as a symbol of the American Dream. However, the romanticised 20th century images we see of swimming pools are often presented through the lens of nostalgia.
During the mid 20th century, the United States was segregated and African American people – along with many other things – were not allowed to swim in many municipal pools, if they choose to, they were met with extreme violence. Furthermore racial discrimination was one of the motives behind the nationwide popularisation of the private pool in America – a phenomenon that sky rocketed in popularity when pools were desegregated.
Whitewashed aims to inform the reader of the history that has not been told. The book is decorated with the bright colourful images of pool postcards and photography, that dissolve when placed in water, while the information regarding the racial tensions surrounding pools is on waterproof paper. The idea behind this is that the reader would place the book in water and the book would rid itself of the fake front and leave you with just the unbiased facts.