Since returning from Ferguson I have been busy (obsessed!) with getting a short video of the people I met and their thoughts. One of the main things I felt while I was in Missouri was how each person had an intense reason for participating in the events and that all the reasons were individual, but that everyone wanted to welcome different viewpoints. And everyone shared a desire for these events to result in attention that would help build a better Ferguson, and improve conditions for disenfranchised people across the nation. No one was waiting for someone else to begin the process: everyone I met was already contributing and rebuilding, whether it was through raising awareness of the vote, or helping with free food, or supporting store owners, to name just three things happening. The optimism was moving, and I respect it, though my nature is to be much more skeptical.
I have hours of interviews and video footage, but I found that youtube can be only 10 minutes! So I apologize for making the quotes brief and for omitting some altogether in this video.
This is my first video. I did it with iMovie and it is not anywhere near professional quality, quite amateur; I know many of you could do it much better and any comments will be appreciated – but it is a sincere attempt to show the Ferguson I met.
I’d say in viewing it: the media is not the message. I would be pleased if I have conveyed a sense of the amazing energy and range of actions on the street, and of the generosity of spirit in all the people i encountered. If you like it, feel free to share it.
Gagosian Gallery is a contemporary art gallery owned and directed by Larry Gagosian. There are currently eleven gallery spaces: three in New York; two in London; one in each of Beverly Hills, Rome, Athens, Paris, Geneva and Hong Kong.
Oil on linen
89 x 85 inches (226.1 x 215.9 cm
“Men in the Cities – Men Trapped in Ice”
Charcoal and graphite on paper
60 x 40 inches/152.4 x 101.6 cm, each panel
Collection Mera and Donald Rebell