12″ x 12″ x 2″
plexiglass, limited edition photo print, epoxy, resin, beam clamps
Now, more than ever – we need a reminder that democracy is sacred. I originally took this photograph in Morocco, during the uprisings and pro-democracy protests of 2010-2011 known as the so-called “Arab Spring.” Although the Kingdom of Morocco did not undergo a revolution, as did nearby Tunisia, reforms did take place due to the pressure of large numbers of Moroccan citizens demanding changes to the governance structure – including an article in the constitution that declared the person of the king to be sacred.
In the background of this image, a veiled woman holds up a sign with her husband’s name, and a demand for information about his whereabouts – Morocco, unfortunately, like too many other countries, holds a number of political prisoners, and some who oppose the government simply “disappear” into the ether – but not for loved ones. Never for loved ones.
In the foreground stands a young man I will never, ever forget. His stoicism and resolve are burnt into my memory – the sign he holds declares, “the King is not sacred – democracy is sacred!” Whether in Morocco or the United States, we face similar erosion of pluralistic democracy to the gradual (and, in some cases, rapid) encroachments of authoritarians.
May we all be so bold, and so brave, as the man depicted here – and never, ever forget what truly constitutes the sacred: not a human being, but the will of the people.