Still Tryin' to Escape

Unsanctioned public installation at historical site in Rhode Island. Wheat-pasted prints of African-patterned silhouettes, transcribed interviews, and balance scales on former train bridge foundation.

2015

This installation was in response to the shootings and cultural demonization of unarmed black males in America. Interviews with local African American men on their personal experiences with racial profiling were wheat-pasted on a public wall that once served as support for a Providence & Worcester Railroad train bridge. The PWR was used to transport fugitive slaves from Rhode Island to Canada during the pre-civil war era.

 Installation site as seen in a demolition photograph from 1968, the wall originally operated as the foundation for a Providence Worcester Railroad bridge. 

Installation site as seen in a demolition photograph from 1968, the wall originally operated as the foundation for a Providence Worcester Railroad bridge.