Untitled (Ferguson Police, August 13, 2014)
My name is Robert Longo and I am an artist.
Day and night, in the summer of 2014, the public took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, by a police officer.
I remember when I first started to see these images of the police in the streets. It was like what, what’s going on? Is this like the Ukraine? Or is this like, you know, China? And then off in the distance I could see like a McDonald’s and I could see Exxon and I went, “this, this is the streets in the United States.”
So it really cried out for a response.
I wanted to put you on the street so that you’re on the street and they’re walking to you, rather than you looking at it from a distance.
Using news photographs, Longo created a composite image then rendered it in charcoal.
It’s like a part of a national guilt that we have that we never really dealt with the issue of race. And race is still, consistently one of the greatest problems in this country and it’s not being addressed.