Dred Scott first went to trial to sue for his freedom in 1847. Ten years later, after a decade of appeals and court reversals, his case was finally brought before the United States Supreme Court. In what is perhaps the most infamous case in its history, the court decided that all people of African ancestry — slaves as well as those who were free — could never become citizens of the United States and therefore could not sue in federal court. The court also ruled that the federal government did not have the power to prohibit slavery in its territories. Scott, needless to say, remained a slave.
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Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward, working in a range of media including performance, photography, screen-printing, video, installation and painting. Dread works in a range of media including performance, photography, screen printing, video, installation and painting. His works can be hard-edged and poignant.
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Stop is a 2-channel projected HD video installation by Dread Scott.
Running time: 7 minutes 16 seconds (excerpt 2 minutes 55 seconds)
The installation is a projection on two opposite walls of young men from East New York Brooklyn and Liverpool UK who have been stopped numerous times by the police. In the video each repeatedly states the number of times they have been stopped. Stop was made as part of Postcode Criminals, an international collaboration between Dread Scott, Joanne Kushner and young adults form Brooklyn NY (USA) and Liverpool (UK).