The works of Tyrie Nichols: a 29-year-old African-American photographer was brutally killed in police custody in recent January in the United States.
In the California desert, photographed sunsets and iron bridges can be seen on large billboards on the dusty road that leads to Palm Springs, about 150 kilometers from Los Angeles.
The works of Tyrie Nichols: a 29-year-old African-American photographer was killed in brutal custody in late January. Chances are the United States will be shocked.
The exhibition is part of the Desert X project, an artistic exhibition famous for its hidden workshops; often laden with political messages, with the dry mountains of the region as the backdrop.
“Most of us know that Tire has escaped from the sad and inhuman hands of Memphis.” “What we don’t know are the perceptions he gave to life through his art,” the festival’s artistic director, Neville Wakefield, explained in a press conference.
Nichols grew up in California before moving to Tennessee, and was passionate about photography. He photographed bridges, murals, neon lights, or fiery sunsets. In his adopted city of Memphis he explored the relationships between people and their environment.
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I’m looking for a treasure
It was not a random choice to expose Nichols.
A 29-year-old man was arrested on January 7 by agents of the special unit of the Memphis police, in the state of Tennessee, who alleged a traffic violation.
The African-American photographer died three days later in a hospital after being killed at a location where his mother said he was humiliated.
The Nichols family, which only agreed to the training a few days before it was revealed to the public, hopes that it will be helped by a bill that aims to limit the powers of police at vehicle checkpoints in California.
The project seeks to present Nichols “as an artist, to show his work, to make the passion of people act,” Festa founder Susan Davis told AFP.
Created six years ago, Desert 10 invites artists from around the world to visit the Palms region and create new work for an installation in the Coachella Valley.
The works, exhibited for free from March 4 to May 7, are scattered throughout the valley in an effort to transform the experience into a kind of “treasure hunt,” according to Davis.
Some of the projects presented this year are water shortages, environmental degradation or the climate crisis, as well as social issues.