have you seen me?
Missing is an ongoing project that started in 2016 during the height of the black lives matter movement. This is a project that honors the black men and women killed by police between the years 2014-2017 and critiques the way institutions, the ones created to protect and serve its people, specifically black people, in reality harm black bodies.
Made out of cardboard milk cartons, these pieces will mimic the same tactics used by the National Child Safety Council (NCSC) in the the 80s and 90s to locate missing children. The NCSC spearheaded an initiative to locate missing and abducted children using milk cartons. Photographs and biographies of these children were placed on millions of milk carton panels, broadcasting their faces, and the reality of this national epidemic, directly to Americans across the country. Despite the impressive circulation of these images, very few direct successes were tied to the campaign. Most of the children featured on milk cartons were never found.
For any individual killed with a gun, inside the cartons are bullets that correspond with the number of times the individual was shot by police. This will not be seen, but viewers are welcome to pick the cartons up, where they will then be felt and heard. The bullets are a reality and a reminder of the thing that killed them. It provides a level of uneasiness and an awareness of danger that will stick with you.
Missing begs for a safe return home for the Black psyche much like the way the cartons were meant to bring home missing children. It lets the world know we’re still looking for justice.