Dread Scott, Slave Rebellion Reenactment Performance Still 1
A leading voice in the denunciation of American racism and capitalism, Dread Scott’s conceptual works have encouraged audiences nationwide to rethink the so-called “truth” of American ideals. In 2019 Scott debuted Slave Rebellion Reenactment, a community-engaged performance work that recreated the 1811 slave rebellion in St. Charles and St. John the Baptist Parishes in Louisiana. Its leader Charles Deslondes organized over 400 enslaved people to carry out what was one of the largest slave rebellions in American history.
In this image, performers armed with machetes and rifles march with a determined resolve just as the historical figures they portray. The area in which they are photographed is riddled with petrochemical plants that detrimentally pollute the predominately Black communities that surround them. Non-coincidentally in 1811, sugar plantations occupied much of this same area. Thus, the reenactors’ movement along the 26-mile stretch symbolizes the constant battle Black people fight every day for freedom and equality.
|39.25 x 59 inches