Farley Aguilar
Scottsboro Boys, 1931

$350

Farley Aguilar (b. 1980, Managua, Nicaragua) lives and works in Miami. Aguilar’s oil paintings collapse periods of time as he reworks snapshots from American history in vibrant compositions. Aguilar intervenes in the way images mediate our relationship to history and, by extension, the present. Aguilar is concerned with the structural and institutional violence, bolstered by cultural conditioning, that sustains American ideology and perpetuates cycles of oppression. His practice is driven by restoring dignity to those who have been denied it and destabilizing the posture of those responsible for withholding it, as is the case in this print based on a photograph of group of nine Black teenagers in Alabama referred to as the Scottsboro Boys, who were wrongly accused of raping two white women in 1931. Their trial came to represent a gross miscarriage of justice as carried out by an all-white jury and led to two landmark Supreme Court rulings that established important rights for criminal defendants. Aguilar’s works are held in numerous public collections including The Yuz Museum, Shanghai, The Bass Museum of Art, Miami, the Akron Art Museum. Recent exhibitions include Lyles & King, New York; SPURS Gallery, Beijing; Edel Assanti, London and Spinello Gallery, Miami.

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Farley Aguilar (b. 1980, Managua, Nicaragua) lives and works in Miami. Aguilar’s oil paintings collapse periods of time as he reworks snapshots from American history in vibrant compositions. Aguilar intervenes in the way images mediate our relationship to history and, by extension, the present. Aguilar is concerned with the structural and institutional violence, bolstered by cultural conditioning, that sustains American ideology and perpetuates cycles of oppression. His practice is driven by restoring dignity to those who have been denied it and destabilizing the posture of those responsible for withholding it, as is the case in this print based on a photograph of group of nine Black teenagers in Alabama referred to as the Scottsboro Boys, who were wrongly accused of raping two white women in 1931. Their trial came to represent a gross miscarriage of justice as carried out by an all-white jury and led to two landmark Supreme Court rulings that established important rights for criminal defendants. Aguilar’s works are held in numerous public collections including The Yuz Museum, Shanghai, The Bass Museum of Art, Miami, the Akron Art Museum. Recent exhibitions include Lyles & King, New York; SPURS Gallery, Beijing; Edel Assanti, London and Spinello Gallery, Miami.