More Disturbing News from The Twin Cities
According to this report in The New York Times others seem to have little trouble identifying Ms. Opton's work as political and so disturbing. Those others control the billboards on which she hoped to display some of her portraits in Minneapolis-St. Paul during the Republican convention this week. Based on their assessment they've decided to revoke a contract with her. Maybe now Ms. Opton might get it a bit more clearly. Showing people in the U.S. the consequences of the unjustified war being waged int their name is political. The effects of one's work on audiences are not easily predictable. Its effect on political operatives and business executives is, however. Of course, some of Opton's work was shown during the Democratic convention in Denver. To the best of my knowledge, everyone who saw it there survived.
This, of course, come on top of other disturbing reports about police and security guards harassing photographers in St. Paul in recent weeks.