Please join me November 14 at the Brooklyn Museum, along with photographer Ron Haviv, for a StoryCorps event in conjunction with the exhibition War/Photography:Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath
200 Eastern Pkwy,
New York, NY 11238
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Photoville, the wildly inventive photography show which takes place in containers on the Brooklyn water front, opens Sept 19. Provocative work by Donald Weber, Paolo Woods, Peter van Atgmael, and many many more. Come out for the panels, evening projections, … Continue reading
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I’ll be exhibiting work from a variety of projects at seven venues in the USA and Europe in September 2013. Opening September 1 Photos and a new video from the series: Hedge At the Noorderlicht festival as part of “To … Continue reading
A beautiful new street mural was unveiled in Harlem yesterday, a kind of primer on stop and frisk and racial profiling. The Know your Rights Mural dedication on 138 street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, comes a day after the New York City Council voted for more control over the New York Police Department.
Six months in the making, the mural is a collaboration between Peoples’ Justice for Community Control & Police Accountability (PJ), Picture The Homeless (PTH) and the artist Sophia “I Am Wet Paint” Dawson!
It was a milestone for the many activists whom I first met in late 2011 and through their efforts made “Stop and Frisk”, racial profiling and police misconduct, a national debate.
For residents, the mural is personal. At the dedication Yusef Salaam, a member of the Central Park 5, and a resident of 138 street, said if only he had known his rights and if his family has been better informed, they might have been able to defend themselves against police intimidation and spared Salaam wasted years in prison.
To learn more about he Central Park 5, see the Ken Burns movie.
Before the world heard of Trayvon Martin, another teenager, Ramarley Graham, then 18 years old, was walking home in the Bronx when New York Police officers later claiming they thought Graham had a weapon, chased him into his home, busted down the door, climbed the stairs and shot him dead in the boy’s bathroom in front of his grandmother. The young man was unarmed. The police, in plain clothes, had no search warrant. The family held monthly vigils at their home drawing hundreds of people. They marched on the Bronx’s 47th police precinct and protested in front of the Bronx District Attorney’s office asking for answers. After more than a year, one police officer Richard Haste, was indicted on manslaughter charges. A crowd of New York Police officers cheered Haste as he exited the courthouse. In May 2013, a judge tossed out the indictment saying the prosecution had mistakenly instructed the grand jury and Richard Haste was set free.
The story of unarmed black teenage boys being shot dead by police or their surrogates (George Zimmerman) repeats nearly every day across the USA. The defense follows a similar script, I thought he had a gun, I thought he was going to hurt me. He looked like he was going to hurt me. Yet there is little accountability, and the killings continue.
Sarah Schulman a writer and professor, posted this on Facebook.
The (Zimmerman) verdict is a privileging of perception over reality. Just because a person feels afraid doesn’t mean they are in danger. In fact, their perception may be so pathological that it puts OTHER people in danger. In this extreme case, taking a young man’s life for no reason. The perpetrator claims to be the victim, and believes that s/he is the victim. And then when the “community” re-enforces the right to false perception regardless of how much pain it causes, the “community” (or state apparatus) becomes an enforcer of injustice.
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I will be exhibiting work at the following venues in June.
Fractured: the shale play (projection)
June 14, 2013
Weatherspoon Art Museum
The kids are all right
June 1, 2013 – August 18, 2013
Greensboro, North Carolina
Maison de la photographie Robert Doisneau
Solutions by NOOR
June 27, 2013 – October 13, 2013
Center for Photography Woodstock
June 29, 2013 – August 18, 2013
Woodstock, New York
June 29, 2013 – September 29, 2013