Hyperallergic: Dread Scott Celebrates a Long-forgotten Rebellion as a Moment of Resilience

Dread Scott explores the possibilities of Black resistance in We’re Going to End Slavery. Join Us! On view at Cristin Tierney Gallery, the stills of Slave Rebellion Reenactment unpack the 1811 German Coast Uprising, in the New Orleans territory, as an inflection point in the struggle against slavery rather than just tragedy. The exhibition brings Louisiana in 1811 to New York City in 2021, giving viewers a glimpse at the price 500 enslaved people were willing to pay for their dignity and freedom. Using powerful imagery, folding in archival research, and merging the lines between past and present Scott magnifies what has been reduced in American history to a plaque on a highway.  

November 17, 2021