Ashley M. Freeby

Many Thousands Gone

August 2017

 

Images of police brutality show up in the media at a rate that is unfathomable. But do we recognize the site where a murder took place? Do we know the names of the parks, the streets, or the door number? Do we realize the number of sites extend back in history beyond this current moment? Many Thousands Gone started as an investigation into overly portrayed images by the media to see whether the images we claim to see over and over were actually being seen. Each image was sourced through an online image search. Originally contained a crime scene or a memorial where a person of color was murdered by a police officer. By manipulating the images through PhotoShop the site is maintaining a significant event without directly showing it. By compiling the images throughout history it begins to show the quantity of murders, the everydayness of the locations and speaks to the larger issue of this injustice.

Many Thousands Gone

August 2017

 

Images of police brutality show up in the media at a rate that is unfathomable. But do we recognize the site where a murder took place? Do we know the names of the parks, the streets, or the door number? Do we realize the number of sites extend back in history beyond this current moment? Many Thousands Gone started as an investigation into overly portrayed images by the media to see whether the images we claim to see over and over were actually being seen. Each image was sourced through an online image search. Originally contained a crime scene or a memorial where a person of color was murdered by a police officer. By manipulating the images through PhotoShop the site is maintaining a significant event without directly showing it. By compiling the images throughout history it begins to show the quantity of murders, the everydayness of the locations and speaks to the larger issue of this injustice.