At the end of 2015, photographer Diana Matar began searching in the United States for the places where the police had killed civilians. She made detailed maps in her studio and compiled information on each fatal case of police violence in the past two years. Diana Matar then spent two years traveling the roads and photographing most of the 2,200 sites where these murders took place. “I work on a certain history of photography that comes back to the places where things happened, – a genre that generally focuses on war facts or injustices – I use it, however, to record the constant phenomenon of police violence that contaminates America. ” Working in this genre of landscape and documentary photography, My America is a peaceful but icy criticism of contemporary America. By photographing more than 300 places where police officers have killed American citizens, Diana Matar has established timely photographic language as well as criticism of police brutality, her photographs constantly emphasize the decline of the social structure of the country. Although her photographs are of a rather classic style,...
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