Bronx River Art Center (BRAC)
Titled in homage to Bob Marley’s final album of the same name, “Uprising” is a site-specific installation paying tribute to Pan-Africanism and the power of resistance.
The vertical lines evoke the bars of a prison cell and represent incarceration, both physical and mental. They are also a commentary on the racial and ethnic disparity in US State prisons.
The non-vertical lines are attempts at breaking the monotony of the upright structure. Like musical notes on a staff or words on a ruled journal, their presence endows the bars with new meanings.
Ultimately, the install is an invite to ponder the language of rebellion and the beauty of its assertion.
mages & texts © Iván Gaet