The Trial (Rachel Jeantel) 2015
Appropriating found footage from both legal dramas and Rachel Jeantel’s testimony during George Zimmerman's trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, The Trial (Rachel Jeantel) is part of an ongoing series exploring violence and mass media narratives within the cinematic courtoom. Re-imagining the Zimmerman trial through an overtly racial lens, my video highlights the ways in which predominantly white, male courtrooms silence black men and women by speaking over them, insisting on "colorblind" narratives, and pathologizing the black body and black subject. Alluding to the histories of other marginalized communities, the work illustrates the distance betweeen everyday justice and the mediated or illusory sense of justice engendered through mass media.
The Trial (Rachel Jeantel) was screened at St. Mary's College Museum of Art (Moraga, CA), Augusta Savage Gallery (Amherst, MA), ARC Gallery (Chicago, IL), Wiseman Gallery (Grants Pass, OR), Whitespace Gallery (Atlanta, GA), Intermedia Arts (Minneapolis, MN), and BRIC Gallery and Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY). It was also included in a symposium at Washington University in St. Louis.
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