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A0008 – Parker, I Am a Citizen

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For I Am a Citizen, Michael Parker photographed fifty trees on Skid Row whose trunks had been wrapped in purple metallic plastic. He soon found that they were in fact a public artwork by a woman named Audrae Rena Jones, who lives there. Her project was an attempt to beautify her neighborhood by creating a disruption in the normal appearance of things. For I Am a Citizen, Parker made a poster documenting Jones’ work, and wrapped it in an envelope printed with their interview, in which she describes the project as a hope giving, activist gesture.  She asserts: “It’s not about Skid Row.  I believe Skid Row is in your mind.”