#tamirrice was only 12 years old. As a letter states in the picture series "a childhood discarded." "A Color Removed" is an art exhibition created by Michael Rakowitz, as a response to the shooting of Tamir Rice by Cleveland police.
A Color Removed is a city-wide participatory project grounded in the impossible gesture of removing the color orange from Cleveland and suspending its future use.
The presence of orange, as a symbol of safety, encourages complacency. But what if we could trust that safety is a right guaranteed to everyone who travels in, through, and around Cleveland? What if orange was rendered superfluous? A Color Removed addresses the underlying questions regarding the right to safety by encouraging community members to deconstruct its symbols and create solidarity for a more peaceful city. If the police are not doing it, we must. If the police are not holding themselves accountable, we will.
I did not have Tamir as a student but all of my students are Tamir. They are Antwon Rose Jr. They are any student that has been murdered by those we pay to keep them safe. These are our students, children, Community, and future.
The exhibit is running now through September 30th. I highly recommend getting there to visit and hopefully everyone in this country can find #empathy for those they don't know.
Imagine: You had a long day of work, you dream of going home to lay in your own bed in your own home. Youre relaxing and suddenly someone bursts into your home and shoots you. Without reason, without motive. Lets see it a different perspective: Because MOST intruders definately wear a suit when they are breaking into your house, you dont notice that. You register that this person is black and you automatically reach for your gun. It never crosses your mind that something isnt right. Why does "my" apartment have different furniture than what i purchased? Why is this intruder so relaxed? Why is this intruder so well dressed? Just think about it - S⚡