The Morning After, 1 © Arah Iloabugichukwu. 2020
On May 25th, 2020, former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on the neck of 46-year old Houston-native, George Floyd, for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds; 2 minutes and 53 seconds of which occurred after Floyd became unconscious.
Almost immediately, protests popped up in cities across the country, one of them being Houston, TX. What began, by all accounts, as peaceful protest would slowly succumb to the rage of the reality, and the antagonistic angle occupied by Houston Police officers fanned a flame brewing just below the coastal breeze.
On the evening of May 29th, 2020, Houston, TX, my home for the past eight years, found itself reviving the spirit of rebellion, an energy this town knows too well. As cries for peace met the growing grumble for restitution, downtown Houston shattered under the shame.
The Morning After, 2020 explores the physical wreckage of a long walk towards freedom.
The Morning After, 2020
by Arah Iloabugichukwu