Christa Lawler's article in Thursday's DNT sufficiently captures the trigger event that led to this show, titled Gezielt (Targeted). What you'll learn if you read the story is that Hamilton had an unexpected encounter with police while out with friends last year.
|Reflecting on that night.|
The quote she borrows from Mr. Rogers is about sharing responsibility. "We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say, 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes."
For me what is striking is how through a creative response to her eight-minute injustice (the length of time Hamilton was stopped by police and accused of bothering two white women who were her friends) a series of dialogues emerged. Though only a brief encounter with the police, the aftermath left her shaken. One picture is a life-sized image based on the camera footage she obtained from police as she was interrogated. After processing the experience they had a roundtable meeting with the police in which the officers came away with new perspectives.
|The artist with Chief Tusken, an outing in the park.|
|Mixed media piece with baby shoes.|
The overall tone is pitch perfect. The seriousness of the issues has not been obfuscated by the playfulness of some of the images. Hamilton acknowledges that she had a "full-blown panic attack" after the encounter. The trauma was real, but as the saying goes, "It's not what happens to you that matters as much as how you respond to it." She responded creatively, atypically.
|The subject matter is not all fun and games.|
The show will be on display at the Duluth Art Institute through April 9.
For further reading: The Lynchings In Duluth by Michael Fedo.