artist statement

On July 23, 1967, a conflict between Detroit police and members of the city’s African-American community exploded into a major rebellion, the largest in U.S. history at that time. President Lyndon Johnson sent in National Guard and U.S. Army paratroopers, and over the course of 5 days 47 people were killed. During this time, television crews recorded video and aired live footage to the rest of the nation as the city burned.

In the series Black Day in July, I have integrated archival photographs from the uprising into some of the current day environments at the intersection of 12th and Clairmount. As I worked on the project I also collected video testimonials from longtime residents and members of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, who draw parallels between the political landscape of 67 and today.