On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide


2014, performance, pigment print, 22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.2 cm), edition of 5 (photo by Mark Von Holden)

"My work asks viewers to look soberly at America’s past and our present. I look towards an era without exploitation or oppression. I don’t accept the political structures, economic foundation, social relations and governing ideas of America. This perspective has empowered me to make artworks that view leaders of slave revolts as heroes, challenge American patriotism as a unifying value, burn the US Constitution (an outmoded impediment to freedom), and position the police as successors to lynch mob terror.

I work in a range of media: performance, installation, video, photography, printmaking and painting. Two threads that connect them are: an engagement with significant social questions and a desire to push formal and conceptual boundaries as part of contributing to artistic development."

Dread Scott (b. 1965, Chicago) https://www.dreadscott.net/