Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018

Dread Scott

Artist-activist Dread Scott describes his practice as revolutionary art to propel history forward. In the community-based project Wanted (2014), created for the exhibition If You Build It in Sugar Hill, Harlem, a series of flyers seek several youths discriminatorily accused of suspicious behaviors. One flyer, for example, accuses a black male because he “exhibited dress and behavior typical of alleged gang members.” Another flyer perpetrates a young Hispanic woman who “appeared to be on the lookout.” In this particular piece, he uses portraiture to address the criminalization, racial profiling and mass incarceration of black and Latino youths in the United States. 

Wanted (flyers) for No Longer Empty, If You Build It, 2014
Offset prints
11 x 8.5 in. each
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Courtesy of the artist and No Longer Empty 

Wanted (sketch session video) for No Longer Empty, If You Build It, 2014
HD video
Duration: 5 min., 27 sec.
Courtesy of the artist