Ransom Notes consists of a series of subversive counter-narratives crafted out of selectively redacted, edited and remixed official texts produced by people and institutions of racial power, inspired by Christina Sharpe’s work on Black annotation and redaction. Through mimicry, fictionalization, and truncation, ransom notes neutralize the threat produced by dominant texts and deconstruct the ideologies and archives that establish and reproduce dominant narratives about black death.