Sunday, April 22, 2007
Station 1 - Jesus is condemned to die by Pontius Pilate
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This piece is constructed of images of actual people gathered in mobs to witness or to carry out lynchings. It references the frightening power of mobs, as also seen in the crucifixion story of Jesus. Although Pilate, as the Roman governor of occupied Jerusalem, has the power to condemn or release prisoners, he condemns an innocent man to a horrific torturous death.
We’ve posted here the account according to Luke (see "comments" for scripture), but other gospel accounts report that Pilate symbolically washed his hands in front of the crowd, telling them that he is not responsible for Jesus’ death.
A bloody-water-filled bowl is usually displayed with this piece, to represent the water that Pilate used to wash his hands, suggesting that his hands can never become clean of his actions. He is in fact responsible for what he has done.
When have we denied or forfeited our power to do the right thing, allowing something to happen which we might have prevented?
artist: Nanette Sawyer
24" x 20"
Collage on canvas board
Images used in this collage are from the book, Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America, by James Allen, et. al.
Posted by J.F. Gómez at 4/22/2007 09:32:00 PM