About the Art Work
In July 2015, Sandra Bland, a Black woman, was stopped at a traffic light and racially profiled by State Trooper, Brain Encina who proceeded to wrongfully arrest her. Her arrest and detainment, as captured by the police dash cam as well as Bland’s own footage on her cell phone, showed Encina’s use of violent force in her arrest. Bland died during her detainment at 28-years-old, which set forth the movement to #SayHerName, a message that continues to resonate today in light of continued violence against Black women.
E. Jane’s “Sandra Bland Is Not Alive and Someone Is Responsible” is a two-tone digital image with the titular message in the center that was originally shared as an Instagram post by artist E. Jane in 2016. The message plainly states the lack of justice surrounding Bland’s death. Indeed, who will be held accountable for Bland’s death? For the lives of so many Black women before and after her who suffer injustice in the hands of the police?
About the Artist
E. Jane (they/them) is a Brooklyn, NY based multidisciplinary artist and musician who works across digital media, video, text, performance, sculpture, installation, and sound design. They also perform under the name MHYSA, part of the music duo SCRAAATCH. They are currently an Artist-in-Residence in the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY. To follow their work, please visit www.e-jane.net.
Proceeds from this tote bag will go to E. Jane and the Ali Forney Center.