Student art piece that ’causes concerns’

Posted: March 27, 2016 in Articles, Documents etc., News

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‘A controversial piece of Denver student art, depicting a police officer in a Ku Klux Klan hood pointing a gun at a black child whose hands are raised, has hastened a meeting between the city officials, the artist and her mother.

The art piece, part of Denver Public Schools outreach, was displayed in a city building and caused “concerns from the community,” according to a media release late Tuesday from Mayor Michael Hancock’s office.

“Students were asked to select a master work of art, research it and re-contextualize it,” according to the release.

The student in question chose Goya’s The Third of May 1808 and A Tale of Two Hoodies, created by Michael D’Antuono in 2014, as inspiration.

” After learning of the negative impact of her work, the student has asked that it be taken down,” the mayor’s office said.

On Wednesday the student, and her mother, will meet with Mayor Michael Hancock, Chief of Police Robert White and Acting Superintendent Susana Cordova at her school, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy.

“I’m greatly concerned about how this painting portrays the police,” Denver Chief of Police Robert White said in the release. ” I look forward to having a conversation with the student and her parents.”

So two questions, quoting from the text above:

Anyone wondered why the art piece caused “concerns from the community” ?

And what was the “negative impact”? Why was it negative?

Because it made sound?  It provoke ? It disturbed?  It shared some truths ?

And was the decision clearly made by the student or was she forced to ask for  her artwork to be removed?

The student clearly depicted, not just out of her imagination, how the police uses their power against black people and other ‘minorities’ and quite cleverly cited on KKK, as it seems that these actions and maltreatments can be evidently related to that movement and its beliefs.

That’s what art is for… To say things that otherwise are either forbidden to say or no one has the courage to shout or the authorities are too strong and cover these voices  (at any cost).

source: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29673559/student-art-piece-cop-kkk-hood-prompts-denver

 

Comments
  1. Anastasia says:

    What a world we live in and bequeath to our children…! Art might be our last solution for improvisation and change.

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