Sacred Man, 2018

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The “Sacred Man” project presents portraits as shooting targets. The targets also show information about the person in the image such as their name, date of birth, and the city where they are born.

There are three ways that the targets can be displayed.

1.     The photographs can be installed in shooting ranges.

2.     The photographs can be bought online

3.     The photographs can be displayed in a stack on the wall in an exhibition and the audience can take.

 Sacred Man is the English translation of Giorgio Agamben’s book Homo Sacer. It refers to a figure of Roman law meaning: “A person who can be killed with impunity.” A person who is forcefully excluded from society by sovereignty and belongs to the world of nonhumans/objects. As a result, killing him will not be considered homicide.

This public art project, which is inspired by the pro-gun culture of the South, questions the system which deprives a certain group of people of their own rights and situates them in an ontological situation that brings to mind the notion of Homo Sacer.

Presented in an artistic context, an image of a body transforms into a representation of a historical idea that contains intricate social, cultural, and political marks. Those marks become connotative signs that are indicative of issues such as race, nationality, and identity. In its new context, the act of shooting also become the representation of a systematic elimination, degradation, and dehumanization of a certain group of people by another group.

I use images of a man and a woman from two underrepresented communities, an image of myself as a Middle Eastern man and an image of an Afro-American woman. Both of which are representatives of what I am referring to as Sacred Man.