Selfhood and safety in black America | Art

  • Image BY SARI OISTER
  • Artist Joshua Rashaad McFadden with his installation, “Evidence,” at Visible Studies Workshop.

The cops pull more than a young black gentleman who lately purchased his initially car or truck. He’s presented no motive and watches helplessly as a police pet dog tears aside his new ride. When the cops and their canine turn up very little, the gentleman is dismissed with an ominous whisper from an officer: “You happen to be blessed.”

That is what the artist and Rochester indigenous Joshua Rashaad McFadden claims occurred to him as a college university student in North Carolina. He

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