Portraits–a response

by caprariok

I propose to commemorate and reflect on lives recently lost to racially-motivated and institutional violence through the creation of portraits of those killed. Actual, digital static or a media-based interpretation of static interrupts and becomes the filter through which we see the individual. The static is our own insulation against the reality of such violence (especially if we are White) and the representation of the media’s coverage of such events that simultaneously brings those actions to light and takes advantage of the tragedy.

These two portraits–of Sandra Bland and Tamir Rice–are beginning thoughts on the project and are done using powdered graphite on paper applied with a Q-tip and erased.

Sandra Bland portrait

Sandra Bland portrait

Tamir Rice portrait

Tamir Rice portrait

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