Tuesday, October 13, 2015

NYC artist Dread Scott wants you to rise up against slavery

By Brian Boucher
"On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Genocide and Slavery" (2014) by Dread Scott. Photo © Mark Von Holden for More Art.
Many contemporary artists, like Glenn Ligon, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, and Fred Wilson, address slavery in their work; artist-filmmaker Steve McQueen won an Oscar for his feature film 12 Years a Slave, which told the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into bondage. For (Dread) Scott, though, considering that America's foundation relied on the plunder (as Coates calls it) of blacks' bodies and possessions, the attention paid to it among artists today is far too little, he told me. [link]

Artist's rendering of "Slave Rebellion Reenactment" (2015) by Dread Scott. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.