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Michael Brown Exhibit Offends, Disgusts

Exhibit of Michael Brown's death scene 'atrocious', activists say

If you’re not careful as you walk into the Gallery Guichard on Chicago’s south side, you could trip over police tape that surrounds a life-size mannequin of Michael Brown’s dead body while a video of Eartha Kitt looks over him singing Angelitos Negros. Nooses and other paraphernalia largely associated with racism in the south decorate the rest of the space, a neon sign spelling out “Strange Fruit” glares against a white wall, and a Confederate flag with the names of the nine victims of the Charleston massacre – with a price tag of $4,500 – hangs behind the Kitt video. The piece sold over the weekend.

The goal of this exhibition, entitled Confronting Truths: Wake Up!, by New Orleans-based artist Ti-Rock Moore is to start a larger discussion on the violence she sees White privilege produce in America from her perspective as a Ehite female artist. However, the exhibition has also been criticized on the grounds that it exploits the tragedy Black Americans face for profit through the artist’s own White privilege.

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