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Dave McClinton

Burnt and Earning

Digital collage, archival print on paper, 2016

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I want to illustrate the life cycle of the inner life of a black person, from innocent to informed, recklessly defiant to determined. The weight of the history of this country can either crush you or harden you and either result often has to be hidden from view just to get through the day. The anger of the African-American community is often portrayed as a threat. The anger of “traditional" communities is depicted as righteous. This paradigm feeds stress and despair back into black lives and thus stokes the fires we try to simultaneously hide and harness.