Acrylic paint, ink and natural dyes on cotton 2 Framed sweaters
19 x 31-1/2 x 0-3/4 in (48 x 80 x 2cm) Each frame
Newspapers announced that George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering unarmed black teenager on July 13, 2013. Civil rights leaders argued that Zimmerman had probably targeted Martin because he was black. Statistics prove that white people who kill black people in ‘Stand Your Ground’ states are 354% more likely to be cleared of murder.
The images depicting the framed hoodie were presented to the court during of the Zimmerman trial in a similar manner as paintings are presented at auctions to the scrutinizing public. They constituted not only evidence of Trayvon’s death but also a portrait of our society.
Complementing the replicas, a series of altered hoodies are available for sale. They are fashion garments of anger and protest one can dare to wear. With “Portrait of US,” aesthetics and politics come together to create a movement that has the potential to become a social force for the much-needed modifications to the “Stand Your Ground” law and other discriminating racial laws.
100% of the proceeds from the sale of altered hoodies will be donated to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.