Damien Davis

Tent City (Blackamoors Collage #120), 2017

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Plexiglass, mirror, stainless steel, and red oak board
18.0 x 18.0 in (45.7 x 45.7 cm)


This work ships from Brooklyn, USA.


Inspired by Tent City, a jail in Maricopa county, the same county the artist grew up in. Tent City was built in 1994 at the behest of the county's then sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who has recently been found guilty of criminal contempt related to his racial profiling of the Latino community, and then pardoned by President Donald Trump. Only convicted criminals are placed in the tents, and they have been home to some storied prisoners: Mike Tyson spent time here, as did basketball player Charles Barkley. The prisoners have been convicted of crimes that don't warrant sentences of more than a year, such as driving under the influence, drug possession, domestic violence, and car theft. The first thing one notices about Tent City is the proliferation of pink, from the towels, to the sheets, and even the underwear given to the prisoners.

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