I based this “Eyes on the King Verdict” print on photos taken by Ted Soqui during the LA riots of spring 1992. Ted has a long history of photographing activists and protests, which began after the “not guilty” verdicts on April 29, 1992, for the four officers who severely beat Rodney King. I especially love the central pic of a young woman protester in a Malcolm X hat contemplating the scene. I think it is important to consider the symbolic weight of the Rodney King verdict and the emotional impact on communities of colour seeking justice and accountability.
Shepard Fairey x Ted Soqui - Eyes On The King Verdict - 2022
This limited edition work will be available on 29th April from 10AM (PT) at Obey Giant.