Oil paint on particle board, Gilded antique frame
54”1⁄2 x 82”1⁄2 x 3”1⁄2
Painters like Goya, Caravaggio or Rembrandt have historically constructed martyrdom by using aesthetics to manufacture empathy.
Sgt Sean Murphy, a photographer for the Massachusetts State Police pictured the alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on April 19, 2013 in a dry-docked boat in Watertown, just outside Boston during his capture by special police forces. On July 18, 2013, Sgt Sean Murphy published the image above in Boston Magazine as a response to the image portrayed of Tsarnaev in The Rolling Stone August issue.
Hours before this image was taken, Tsarnaev witnessed the death of his brother. Friends and colleagues of Tsarnaev still do not understand what happened to their neighbor. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces a probable death sentence based on large amounts of evidence that allegedly will prove him guilty of an attack that killed three and injured hundreds.