Controversial white artist Ti-Rock Moore is catching flack for her Michael Brown art exhibit that opened up in Chicago over the weekend.
— Ti-Rock Moore (@TiRockMoore) July 9, 2015
The art exhibit features a life-size replica of Michael Brown lying face down after his death, according to a TV report.
The exhibit at the Gallery Guichard is titled “Confronting Truths: Wake Up!” Included in the exhibit is the life-sized Michael Brown figure, as well as a black Statue of Liberty and a noose dangling from a neon sign.
As Kirsten West-Savali wrote on The Root, the exhibit revictimizes Michael Brown:
I tend to reject safe art and embrace that which makes me step out of my comfort zone and feel something, so I have fought against my reaction to Moore’s piece. Some may read that as meaning that she has accomplished her mission but they would be wrong.
My reaction is to her having her white hands on Michael Brown’s black body when he’s not here to protect himself. It is eerily and unsurprisingly reminiscent of poet Kenneth Goldsmith having the audacity to read Michael Brown’s autopsy report and call it poetry.
State-sanctioned, anti-black killing is not art. Neither is murder, although legally I cannot call his death a murder.
And despite Moore’s assertions to the contrary, a working definition of white privilege is white artists believing they can claim artistic ownership of black death, while disowning their white guilt and being applauded for their “courageousness.”
Clutchettes, what do you think about the exhibit? Is it tasteless?