“Sunrise/Sunset” is an ongoing portrait-based body of work that visualizes the phenomenon of “Rest in Peace” t-shirts — custom-made, memorial t-shirts celebrating the life of a loved one lost to gun violence — as a means of exploring the disproportionate toll and lingering effects of gun violence on African American communities in the United States. Through the documentation of the shops that produce these shirts, portraits of customers who’ve purchased them, and still lives of the t-shirts themselves, "Sunrise/Sunset" seeks to examine the ways in which a community unduly effected by gun violence processes grief through protest.
Beneath beautified pictures of brothers, sisters, daughters, and sons, the words “Sunrise” and “Sunset” alongside the date of a birth and a death, memorialize a life cut short while giving life to a revolutionary form of objection, worn daily for years to come, of the circumstances that lead to that life’s end; an everlasting symbol fighting against America’s structural impulse to misrepresent and, sometimes, entirely forget African American lives lost to guns. Just two weeks after the Parkland shooting, Emma Gonzalez wrote: "Those who face gun violence on a level that we have only just glimpsed from our gated communities have never had their voices heard the way that we have in these few weeks."
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