Travis Somerville explores America's racialized history, particularly within the context of Southern politics, with his powerful paintings and installations.
The Georgia-born artist invites viewers to examine how our past has informed our future. The series is particularly poignant in light of the race-related riots happening in Ferguson, Missouri, following the slaying of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.
Brown's death mirrors that of George Stinney, a black teenager who was convicted of a crime against a white person and eventually executed. It was only after his death that Stinney's innocence was determined. Both Stinney and Brown represent a long history of racial injustices perpetrated by the very legal system that is meant to protect them.