Dread Scott (based in Brooklyn, NY) makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. In 1989, his art became the center of national controversy over its transgressive use of the American flag while he was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. President George H. W. Bush called his art “disgraceful,” and the entire U.S. Senate denounced, then outlawed his work. Dread became part of a landmark Supreme Court case when he and others defied the new law by burning flags on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
Dread Scott’s video installation Stop depicts three young Black men from East New York, Brooklyn, projected facing three young Black men from Norris Green, Liverpool. The men each look directly into the camera and recount the number of times that they have been stopped by police. Stop was created as part of "Postcode Criminals," a collaboration between Dread Scott, Joann Kushner, and young adults from Brooklyn and Liverpool. This series of workshops highlighted the similar experiences of people of color living on opposite sides of the Atlantic. The similarity is no coincidence. In 1996, high-ranking police officers from New York and Liverpool met to discuss zero-tolerance policing strategies. Over the following years, Black youth and other people of color in the two communities were subject to particularly intense levels of “stop and frisk” policing. Stop illuminates the unyielding repetition of this systemic discrimination.