Marcel Dzama, A blasphemers photo op
A work on paper by Marcel Dzama, titled A blasphemers photo op, dated 2020.

Marcel Dzama

A blasphemers photo op, 2020
Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper
9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm)

All proceeds from the sale of this work will benefit the National Bail Out, a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers, and activists. Their network of over 60 community bail and bond funds across the country free people from jail and immigration detention and fight to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention.


Marcel Dzama created this work on June 1, 2020, in response and opposition to the violence of President Trump’s photo op in front of St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C., when peaceful protesters were cleared from Lafayette Square with smoke and flash grenades, a chemical agent, and other uses of force so the President could pose in front of St. John’s holding a Bible—moments after telling reporters he would deploy the military if state officials could not contain protests across the nation.


As Dzama noted on his Instagram on June 1: "Did this drawing on Monday, just painted it last night. Another obvious charade from this cruel reality show stunt president, he had Law enforcement use tear gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protesters so that he could have a photo op. posing in front of the historic St. John’s Church with bible in hand. After the photo-op, he posted on Twitter more Authoritarian rhetoric with praise to the hundreds of law enforcement and National Guardsmen guarding in front of the White House. "D.C. had no problems last night, Great job done by all. Overwhelming force. Domination.” A blasphemers photo op #VOTE BLM” 

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