Controversial ASU Exhibit Recasts George Floyd In QUITE A Divine Light...

By Maria Angelino | Friday, 24 May 2024 05:15 AM
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An art exhibit at Arizona State University (ASU) has sparked controversy for its portrayal of the late George Floyd, whose death while in police custody in Minneapolis triggered the historic Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests of 2020.

The exhibit, titled "Twin Flames: The George Floyd Uprising from Minneapolis to Phoenix," has been reported by TPUSA's Frontlines to include artwork that likens Floyd to Jesus Christ.

Floyd, a man with a documented history of criminal activity and drug use, is elevated to a near-mythical status in the exhibit. This has raised eyebrows among observers, given the stark contrast between his real-life persona and the sanctified image presented in the art.

Eliza Wesley, known as "The Gatekeeper of George Floyd Square," delivered a speech at the exhibit, drawing parallels between Floyd and Jesus Christ. Wesley described Floyd as the "chosen" one who sacrificed his life for "each and every last one of us."

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Wesley stated, "It's been a rough ride. When I came here today I almost had an emotional breakdown because it reminded me of the day that George Floyd got killed. Where they get you to lay the flowers at, the red represents the blood and the white represents the purification that George Floyd died for us. Each and every last one of us."

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She further added, "Had no George Floyd died, we wouldn't be here. God chose him. He was a chosen vessel. Many are called, but few are chosen," as captured in video footage by Frontlines.

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The exhibit also features posters from the BLM and Antifa riots that swept across major cities in the United States. One striking painting depicts Floyd with a crown of thorns on his head, reminiscent of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, as per Christian teachings.

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ASU's website reveals that the exhibit was created in collaboration with ASU's Center for Work and Democracy and the George Floyd Global Memorial. The curatorial note explains that the display is intended to provoke thought "about the role of art and community as a vehicle for bearing witness and creating deeper understanding and empathy."

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The website further explains, "In contrast to traditional monuments, 'Twin Flames' is a powerful, community-led exhibition that showcases a selection of the thousands of offerings laid by mourners and protesters at George Floyd Square, collected by a group of community caretakers and cataloged by the George Floyd Global Memorial team."

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The exhibit underscores the belief that artistic expressions of pain and hope can exist beyond museum walls, in various forms and cultural expressions. It posits George Floyd Square as a public space that can teach us how to mobilize as we mourn victims of police violence and envision a more just world.

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