Dora Calva, ’22
The image speaks of the ongoing police brutality in Brazil, denounced in a New York Times Op-Ed article entitled “Brazilian Police Are on a Rampage,” by Vanessa Barbara (16 March 2020), which describes how police officers have murdered innocent people of color based solely on the community in which they lived. The article molded my artistic vision because it draws attention to countless lives that have been taken away by police officers. Law enforcement officials have abused their power. The woman depicted has blood pouring down, showing the amount of blood not just for her, but for her community, under-represented communities that share the burden of police officers killing innocent people. Enough is enough. This is not just an issue that is happening in Brazil but also is prevalent in the United States, with black people being killed because of their skin color.
(Editor’s Note: The above image and description were created in March, 2020, before the nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.)