Kenneth Webb - Super Predator
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Kenneth Webb - Super Predator

The artwork is based on the "Super Predator" narrative first spoken of by the Clinton's in the 1990s. This language, press coverage and subsequent phrases used to define young black men ("central park five" "wolfpack") led to the locking up of thousands of black men. The artwork details how this narrative traumatized the youth and the chain of those events. The boy that Kenneth drew is a self portrait but also a portrait of the thousands of young black men who suffered the damages of the Super Predator rhetoric warped and blasted in the media. In the first depiction the young boy holds a teddy bear, he then falls into the gang culture represented by the blue Crips bandana, he is imprisoned, masked and identified in caricature, blackface. Finally he is depicted as fully bound with barbed wire without a mouth without a voice.

Been Free: Incarcerated Artists NFT Project is created in partnership with Hillman Grad’s co-founders, Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani, and Huma House, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that supports the needs of currently incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people through art and creativity. Been Free elevates the work of four artists, Kenneth Webb, Gary Harrell, Asia Johnson, and Kush each who have experienced incarceration and have embraced the power of art to tell their unique stories.

    • Artist Kenneth Webb
    • Curator Lena Waithe
    • Charity Huma House
    • Publisher Hillman Grad
    • Medium Animation
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