I made this stop-motion animation video in response to this lynching photograph that I couldn't get out of my head. At first I thought I would make a revenge video where the underdog triumphs over the evil villain and the viewer feels vindicated. However, I quickly realized that placing these murdered men in the role of the underdog symbolically victimizes them once again, Additionally, those two lives cannot be redeemed by anything I could do artistically or otherwise. So, what I made is perhaps just a beginning to a conversation about a not so distant past and a continuing undercurrent of shame, anger, guilt and fear.
The faces in the mob, when fingered by the accusatory hand of the lynched man, transform into anguished faces taken from the Western European Fine Art Canon (Goya, Picasso, Caravaggio, etc.). Perhaps the colonizing culture creates its own internal agonies...
The biblical symbolism (the piss flood, the garden of Eden with 'Eve' offering the fruit of knowledge) might suggest a need to start over on a foundational level in order to repair the damage done.
The title, "trust/DIS/trust," comes from my wondering about trust between two groups of people with such a recent and brutal history. How can Black people trust White people in the wake of this kind of terrorism and how can White people trust Black people not to be mad? Mostly though, I decided to trust myself in making this and trust my audience to be willing to engage with it.

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