This powerful textile is both a tribute to the African-Americans who have died in recent years while in police custody and a reminder of the need for social justice in the united states. The work was created on a fabric imprinted by the spot on Staten Island where Eric Garner died in 2015 while being placed under arrest.
The work belongs to a larger series of embroideries that expands on the artist’s long exploration of violence, involving the unprecedented participation of artist-embroiderers from Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States, all of whom share her concerns about violence. After explaining her vision for the project, Margolles provided each group with a fabric that had been marked through contact with the body of a woman, or in the present case a black man, who had suffered a violent death. She invited the embroiderers to create patterns on the fabric as a way to trigger a conversation about the violence and social problems plaguing their respective communities. Some of these conversations were recorded and are included in a series of videos providing context for the textiles.
The work was first exhibited at Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, in the context of the artist’s solo exhibition "We Have a Common Thread" in 2015.