Artist and activist Robin Bell has captured the nation’s attention with his provocative light projections, cast across the facades of high-profile political buildings across the United States.
His most recent artistic interventions, executed late into the night on May 17, used the exteriors of the Department of Justice and FBI building as canvases. You might have been paying too much attention to Trump’s travels in Saudi Arabia to notice, but the images are pretty hard to miss: Bell projected Attorney General Jeff Sessions dressed as a Klansman in a white hooded robe adorned with the Ku Klux Klan insignia.
His image was framed by text snippets including “#SessionsMustGo” and “FireSessions,” as well as the line “I thought the KKK was OK until I learned that they smoked pot” ― an approximation of a statement Sessions made in the 1980s.
Bell also projected images of politicians including Rex Tillerson, Nikki Haley and Scott Pruit, endowing them with truly haunting black demon eyes. Messages including “#WeNeedToSeeTheMemo” and “Impeach” flashed alongside them.
The artist also flashed a silhouette of a figure behind bars, accompanied by the phrase: “1/3 of black males can’t vote because of the war on drugs.”
Just last week Bell also made headlines for his work projecting “Pay Trump bribes here” and “Emoluments welcome” onto the exterior of Trump International Hotel in New York, attacking Trump’s questionable business ties with foreign governments.
An earlier work depicted the simple phrase: “Experts agree: Trump is a pig.”
Bell’s work provides simple yet searing messages of resistance where Trump and his team are sure to see them. As he told HuffPost in an earlier interview: “Maybe in the history books, it’ll show that we were not for this.”
We look forward to seeing where the vigilante light artist strikes next.
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