Serena Ferron

Runaway

Through a combination of film, photography and installation, my practice addresses themes of race, culture, stereotypes and identity. Embracing the black arts movement has resulted in my work addressing issues and stereotypes often associated with black people such as being intimidating individuals. Runaway is film piece that explores the matter of slavery and its abolishment that are well-known associations to afro-Caribbean’s. Lynching, the practice of murder by extrajudicial action, is the main focus of the piece. Lynching became a predominant movement in the United States in the late 1800’s after the emancipation of slaves and was used to enforce white supremacy and intimidate black people. Spectators would gather around and praise the acts that were committed. Between 1877 and 1950 it has been estimated that nearly 3,959 black people were lynched in the southern states. My work aims to highlight and educate those not aware of these acts.