With “Unarmed” as his expert focus, and supported by a grant from the V-Day Basis, Rivero bought a used vehicle, stuffed it with digicam gear, and left New York remaining fall determined to grab what was going down in America. Rivero visited Louisville, Ky., Kenosha, Wis., Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Denver, hanging his objects and speaking with native residents regarding the tragic killings and violence of their communities. He recorded the journey and used the footage to create the transient film, “Unarmed.” It debuted as part of YouTube’s “Black Renaissance,” a Black Historical past Month explicit hosted by the Obamas that has been seen larger than 3.5 million situations. He exhibited the jerseys at Leon Gallery in Denver remaining winter.
Although Rivero gave up his Brooklyn home sooner than embarking on the cross-country journey and hasn’t returned since, he expects to be once more later this month. He’s purchased one different set of vinyl prints he’s prepared to know up, and after enough people requested about wearable jerseys, he’s throughout the closing manufacturing of a Trayvon Martin model. If Martin’s family members approve, he’d like to start selling the jersey, after which create others, using proceeds to help the victims’ households and donate to antiracism organizations.
“Once you go to a ballgame in Denver, as an alternative of carrying a Jamal Murray, wouldn’t there be somebody who desires to put on an Elijah McClain jersey? I’d like to see that,” Rivero talked about.