UNITED DEATHS IN AMERICA, 2016-2019
United Deaths of America is a series of silkscreen prints centered around racial discrimination, violence, oppression and police brutality.
Each and every print is hand made by the artist.
The complete series will consist of 12 motives. The artist is still in the process of creation. The work has never been shown so far.
The prints feature people of color who have been killed by law enforcement, the mob or gang related crime since the 1980s to current times. In the artists eyes having grown up in East New York in the 70s and 80s both entities - mob and police represent oppressive, violent and life threatening power structures. Being a person of color and growing up poor is often a death sentence in itself.
The prints frame the individual portraits of murdered individuals like a stamp. Only dead people are immortalized on stamps, right? Multicolored and radiant, using strong colors evoking memories of Caribbean and African heritage these prints memorialize and frame each victim of violence stating their name and date of death.
“People in power still treat people of color as disposable. We live in a segregated America. Different rules apply for people of color or white people.
I chose the individuals of my “United Death in America” series due to a personal connection, a similarity in life events of my own and to memorialize them and state their name. Racially motivated killings are nothing new to us. They have been going on for a very long time, and most definitely for the time I am alive.”
Michael Stewart, ✝ 1983
Eleonor Bumpurs, ✝ 1984
Michael Griffin, ✝ 1986
Yusuf Hawkins, ✝ 1989
Amadou Diallo, ✝ 1999
Ousmane Zongo, ✝ 2003
Sean Bell, ✝ 2006
Deborah Danner, ✝ 2016