I Pledge Allegiance

by Misty Thomas-Trout

This poster—designed as an American flag—exists to honor all of the Black and Brown humans who have lost their lives at the hands of police from 1968–2021. Additionally, there is a video which accompanies the flag and reveals the process of designing and typesetting each name with the details surrounding each death. This design action is one of intense labor that is tedious and repetitive, yet, the emotional process becomes an act to memorialize and honor these lives. Printing the poster on fabric serves as a metaphor to how the fabric of America is constructed upon racism.

The poster is 72.3 x 38.5 inches and designed to the U.S. Flag proportion of 1:1.9. Printed on cotton twill to reflect one of the original materials—cotton— used to make the first American flag. Choosing to print on fabric as opposed to a traditional paper substrate, symbolizes the weaving of policies and procedures that constructed the country of America and inevitably weaved systemic racism. It is a flag that calls to action the continued fight for social justice and human rights.

Typeset in Redaction by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts. This font was based upon "The Redaction" project which seeks to highlight the abuses in America's criminal justice system.

The process video will be projected beside the flag during its exhibition.

May we all, pledge allegiance to ending racism.

Please visit mistythomastrout.wordpress.com/portfolio/i-pledge-allegiance/

Prize

Gold in Mix Media/Moving Image for Social Change 2022, Freelancer

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Designer

Misty Thomas-Trout

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Client

The United States of America

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