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On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, Performance Still 1

Dread Scott

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

In his performance On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, the artist Dread Scott places contemporary struggles for racial justice within the history of civil rights activism in the United States. Recalling the Montgomery, Alabama, police force’s abusive use of high-pressure fire hoses to disperse peaceful anti-segregation demonstrators in May 1963, his performance continues their struggle against a ceaseless onslaught of water. At the same time, Scott layers in present-day references, including the “hands up” gesture employed in recent protests against police shootings.
MEDIUM Inkjet print
DATES 2016
DIMENSIONS 43 1/16 × 58 7/16 in. (109.4 × 148.4 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2016.25.1
EDITION Edition: 1/2
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION Dread Scott (American, born 1965). On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, Performance Still 1, 2016. Inkjet print, 43 1/16 × 58 7/16 in. (109.4 × 148.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee, 2016.25.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2016.25.1_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2016.25.1_PS9.jpg., 2017
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Dread Scott (American, born 1965). <em>On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, Performance Still 1</em>, 2016. Inkjet print, 43 1/16 × 58 7/16 in. (109.4 × 148.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee, 2016.25.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2016.25.1_PS9.jpg)