A squeegee, a candy bar, keys, a toy gun, a wallet, and nothing: a heartbreaking lineup of humble objects that men were holding when they were shot by the police.
It has been two decades since @dreadscottart created “The Blue Wall of Violence,” his elegiac 1999 artwork honoring #AnibalCarrasquillo , #AndreBurgess , #AmadouDiallo , #NicholasHeywardJr ., #WilliamWhitfield , and #AntoineReid . It has clearly not lost its relevance—or, with its motion-activated kinetic effects, its power to shock.
Revealing hidden stories connecting past and present is a driving force for the American artist, whose namesake is Dred Scott, the Missouri man who sued for his freedom from slavery. “I make revolutionary art to propel history forward,” he says.
Currently he’s collaborating with @antenna.works on Slave Rebellion Reenactment, a community-engaged performance that will bring to life the 1811 uprising in present-day Louisiana. Over two days and 26 miles, this army of the enslaved will march the original route of the 1811 rebellion along the east bank of the Mississippi River. “The enslaved rebels of 1811 had the most radical view of freedom in America at the time,” the artist explains.
By bringing this bold spirit of freedom and emancipation into our present, he points the way to a more just future.
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