A MICHAEL BROWN ART INSTALLATION IS REALLY PISSING PEOPLE OFF

A Michael Brown Art Installation Is Really Pissing People Off
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A MICHAEL BROWN ART INSTALLATION IS REALLY PISSING PEOPLE OFF



Written by Jack Blocker
15 Wednesday 15th July 2015

Now, at the Gallery Guichard in Chicago, the image of Brown's lifeless body, facedown after he fell fleeing Wilson's shots, has been replicated as Art. 'Confronting Truths: Wake Up' is an exhibition of the work of Ti-Rock Moore, a New Orleans artist whose art primarily deals with race. Other works in the exhibit feature a black statue of liberty, a noose, and a crucifix made up of the words 'WHITE PRIVILEGE.' These clunky metaphors might seem contrived in the hands of a black artist, but in the hands of Moore, who is white, they just seem really weird.

The show's press release features this statement from Moore: "Honestly and frankly, I explore white privilege through my acute awareness of the unearned advantage my white skin holds.” For someone so aware of their unfair advantage, she seems remarkably quick to highlight her superior sense of self. Why isn't YOUR awareness acute, you luddite? 

The enlightened motives which inspired the piece are really beside the point. Moore is dealing with a murdered teenager who was the son to two parents, who became the symbol of a country in which an entire race felt their lives were at risk. Using it to acknowledge your white privilege seems like an ostentatious and affected way to show your concern for racial issues.

The fact Moore's giant face takes pride of place on the press release kinda shifts the focus away from the real problems too:

The gallery did seek consent from Brown's family:

Except for Michael Brown's father:

Watch a recent interview where he branded the work "disgusting":

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