Kenturah Davis Draws Troy Davis: “Terminated with Extreme Prejudice”
n this video Kenturah Davis created her first large-scale wall drawing at Curve Line Space Gallery in Los Angeles, California. It was composed by hand writing a text in repetition until the subject emerges. This work appropriates the phrase “Terminate with extreme prejudice” which was popularized in the film, “Apocalypse Now, to compose a drawing of Troy Davis, the death row inmate who was executed in the Georgia on September 21, 2011 despite controversial circumstances. The expression has been used in military and covert operations as a euphemism for execution. Near the close of the exhibition, the drawing will be blacked-out with paint and extracted from the wall to exist as a metaphor and artifact of Troy Davis’ story.
Music: Lauryn Hill, World is a Hustle