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Monday, December 15, 2014

Anonymous Arts Collective Claims Responsibility for Effigies at UC Berkeley

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge A lynching effigy dangling from Sather Gate at UC Berkeley. - LAUREN BUTLER/ONYX EXPRESS
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  • A lynching effigy dangling from Sather Gate at UC Berkeley.
An anonymous collective of "queer and people of color" artists has claimed responsibility for three lynching effigies that were strung around UC Berkeley campus on Saturday, the same day that thousands of people marched through the downtown corridors of cities throughout the US to protest police brutality.

“These images connect past events to present ones – referencing endemic faultlines of hatred and persecution that are and should be deeply unsettling to the American consciousness," the artists wrote in a statement posted to a campus bulletin board, and tweeted by UC Berkeley Chicano studies professor Pablo Gonzalez.

Though the effigies, which were modeled after historical photographs, intended to draw parallels between lynchings of the past and the recent spate of black male killings by police officers, many interpreted them as a provocation — or a failure of protest art. 

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Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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