A reliquary is a receptacle used to hold, display and keep sacred relics. The form and spirit of this work is directly informed by the reliquary figures of the Kota People in Gabon. This reliquary is dedicated to African American men who lost their lives in tragic encounters with the police in 2014.
John Coltrane’s Alabama, written in response to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963 provides the framework and structure for the video that is projected onto the surface of the laser cut and polychromed relief sculpture.
The work uses projected video footage to bear witness to the tragic interactions with police that lead to their death juxtaposed against portraits that contain the basic humanity of these people whose lives were cut short all too soon. The choice of projection mapping as a process serves as a metaphor for the many ways that images are projected onto African American boys and men in American society in particular.
The Artwork was created at the University of Texas at Dallas Art and Technology Program, (ATEC) where Andrew F. Scott is an Associate Professor of Art and Technology.
Music Alabama: John Coltrane, Eric Garner Segment Video: Ramsey Orta John Crawford III Segment Video: Walmart Security Video Beavercreek Ohio, Audio: 911 Beavercreek Ohio, Tamir Rice Segment: Video: Cudell Recreation Center, Cleveland Ohio, Audio: Cleveland 911, Kajieme Powell Segment Videographer Anonymous
Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police, 1999-2014 Darien Hunt, Jordan Baker ,Rumain Brisbon, Mike Brown, McKenzie Cochran, John Crawford III, Ezell Ford, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Dante Parker, Kajene Powell, Tamir Rice, Victor White, Tyree Woodson,
Sound Editing Frank DeFour, Brian Merlo Video Editing, Projection Mapping Moss Murphy, Research Hae-Jin Scott