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homo sacer

acrylic on flag incased in a plexiglass case
45.5 x 25.5 x 5 in

Homo sacer is a figure of Roman law: a person who is banned, may be killed by anybody, but may not be sacrificed in a religious ritual. This painting looks at this concept and it's modern day implications when compared to the current rule of law and it's treatment of black and brown disadvantaged citizens. It is also a memorial to Eric Garner who was killed in Staten island, NY, on July 17, 2014 by a member of the NYPD using an illegal choke hold.

private collection
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