‘A First Arrest’, 2019
Photography, 42.0 x 54.8cm Print, 78.7 x 58.1mm (framed)
Jared Krauss is an American documentary photographer living in London.
Krauss, a compulsive photographer, accumulates vast archives of images from his everyday movement across
both rural and urban geographical areas. He is interested in exploring how a photographer critiques the effects of
capitalism within the everyday, and how the photographer is complicit.
In his new work A First Arrest Krauss utilises images from his archive, as well as repurposed glass, mat board
and wood, to frame a reconstruction of the scene of an ordinary Cambridge couple's first ever arrest for civil
disobedience in support of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest then occupying Oxford Circus. It also invites the
viewer into a critical discourse around XR's tactics of mass arrest as a way to strengthen the solidarity around
the need for action.
About the work:
In April of 2019, XR protests in London resulted in 1130 arrests. While
environmental and social justice organisations have supported XR,
there has also been criticism of XR’s tactics, which some claim limit
participation to those who can afford the cost and time of arrests and court cases and ignores the experiences of indigenous peoples and people of colour with law enforcement. A First Arrest is not a critique of the pictured subjects—the opposite in fact. They were acting in good faith. Instead, it is a chance to step back and consider how we might be working towards justice with one hand while making it harder to achieve with the other.
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