"LEAKS": My Experience at Standing Rock.

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Gerald Clarke Jr.
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"Leaks" is a multi-media work I created and was inspired by my trip to the #NoDAPL protests near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The work features a pipe form cutting through the gallery walls and black electrical cords and head phones hanging from it. Audio interviews of protestors and sounds from the protests were played through the head phones.

I sought to express the militaristic oppression I felt at the protest by tapping into the popularity of the Star Wars movies and using the Storm Trooper image to represent the law enforcement presence that threatened the citizens populating the protest front lines.

The black electrical cords represented leaking oil from the pipeline, but the audio featured human "leaks" in the form of personal stories.

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