Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Angel Franco

IMG_1520During week 10, the artwork of Angel Franco depicted a real life struggle that is happening everyday and it is tearing humanity apart.  Upon entering the Dutzi art gallery at CSULB, a full sized wall resembling a jail cell was the first thing that caught my eye.  Within the confines of the jail bars, lay clay fists, bullets, and toys, with a large clay model of a little girl.  There was also a projected connected to a laptop playing a video on a loop.  The video cycled through instances where police brutality was caught on film.  The purpose of the film was to show the social injustice for the 43 students that were arrested in Mexico while protesting.  These students were handed off to the drug cartel and have not been heard from since.  The bars in this exhibit represent the struggle that people face trying to get equality and not being heard.  The bullets represent the bloodshed and the toys represented the childhood that the kids have not had the chance to live.

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Through talking with Angel, I get the feeling that this is a topic that truly resonates deeply with him.  He shared to me that he lives in Compton California , and has been profiled when driving home.  He lives in a gated community and has been stopped by the police to ask what he was doing and where he was going.  Things like this make it this issue of power more troublesome.  Mr. Franco does not feel that all cops are bad, but just the ones that abuse the power and there should be more awareness brought to the fact that this is an issue and people should be more loving towards one another.

The topic of police brutality on the minority is one that interests me greatly.  These videos showing the brutal murders of unarmed individuals show a total lack of control of individuals with power.  There really needs to be something done about the abuse of power from authority that we trust to protect us.  I am so glad that Angel had the opportunity to voice his opinion and share his views regarding this subject.  This abuse of power is something that is ruining the childhood of many kids and creates an environment where people may be scared to live.  Harsher punishments and consequences need to be handed down to the guilty.

Currently, Angel does not have any website to link to.

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