NOTE: this piece is available as a downloadable PDF template along with instructions for assembly. Or, you can purchase a finished copy for the price of postage ($3.50). Should you wish, you can pay more for a copy and the proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter.
About this piece:
This book is a list of names of 1,944 Black people killed by police between 2013 and 2019. It was designed by Big Jump Press in June 2020 in response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. With help from friends and colleagues, this book was distributed for free around my community. Anyone who wishes to participate in this project can download the templates and watch the demonstrations on the Big Jump Press blog. All sales of this book must go toward organizations working toward justice for Black people. This list of names was compiled by MappingPoliceViolence.org using data from FatalEncounters.org, the US Police Shootings Database, and KilledbyPolice.net.
From Mapping Police Violence:
“Law enforcement agencies across the country have failed to provide us with even basic information about the lives they have taken. And while the recently signed Death in Custody Reporting Act mandates this data be reported, its unclear whether police departments will actually comply with this mandate and, even if they do decide to report this information, it could be several years before the data is fully collected, compiled and made public.”
About the artist:
Sarah lives and works in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She has produced artist books under the name Big Jump Press since 2005. These books use analytical imagery and reference material to address topics related to archives and self-representation. Her work can be found in dozens of libraries and private collections in the United States and abroad, including The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, The Darling Bio-medical Library at UCLA, and The Yale Arts Library.