Dread Scott




I make revolutionary art to propel history forward. I look towards an era without exploitation or oppression. I don't accept the economic foundation, social relations and governing ideas of America. My work contributes to social change by encouraging an audience to explore important social questions based upon this perspective. This viewpoint has empowered me to make artworks that show leaders of slave revolts as heroes, challenge American patriotism as a unifying value, set fire to the US Constitution, position the police as successors to lynch mob terror, and burn money to highlight the absurdity of a system that treats life necessities as commodities. My projects often look at how history not only sets the stage for the present, but also resides in the present in new form. I work in a range of media: performance, installation, video, photography, printmaking and painting. My projects are presented in venues ranging from museum galleries to street corners.

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