Christina Edwards’ art is causing a bit of a stir on the Sacramento State University’s campus. The senior art student’s portrayal of a lynching is filled with shock value, but campus administrators aren’t too pleased about it.
Edwards enlisted the help of two white men, and had them dangle from a tree with nooses around their neck.
“I think it’s more impactful when you use actual people, sends a stronger message that just a painting,” said Sac State student Alexander Richmond.
A message is definitely what Edwards was trying to get across.
“The purpose of this performance was to bring to light social injustices and the issue of inequality that impacts me and my community as a whole,” Edwards said.
Edwards says she chose to illustrate this time in history by using race reversal, in an effort to shine new light on an old but standing matter. And says she followed all campus procedures.
But University President Alexander Gonzalez doesn’t see it that way. Gonzalez released a statement saying, in part: “The university did not approve the display, and I want to assure everyone that I am working to address the multiple issues raised by this incident.”
In a statement to Fox 40, Edwards defended her form of expression. “My choice to cross racial lines was intentional to create an open opportunity to personalize and empathize with his-story as a people and hopefully initiate compassion and change in terms of social and racial availability and equality,” Edwards wrote.