Yvette Smith, 2016
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Lavall Hall, 2017
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Albert Joseph Davis, 2017
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Oscar Grant, 2016
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About the work

Liberty Flags 

Art & Social Practice Residency

 

This project is an extension of Rituals of Commemoration. While working in the Little River library, artist residency with ProjectArt, I was able to deepened my commitment of the last several years to exploring issues of social justice activism, policing, colonization and power. I have focused specifically on Miami’s Black history, researching local archives and books i.e. The Struggle for Black Freedom in Miami: Civil Rights and America's Tourist Paradise 1896-1968 by Chanelle N. Rose. The reading serves as a stimulus, a spark for thinking critically in a safe environment. 

This installation consists of 10 flags that serve as markers to symbolically and physically memorialize the lives of victims of police violence across the United States. The flags are mixed-media works on paper that spell out Y AHORA WHAT, (And Now What) while also highlighting the name of each victim. Four of the works on paper,(flags) hang from a wooden, handmade flag pole. The remaining 6 are installed on the wall creating the illusion that they are hanging from a pole painted on the wall.