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Sanford Biggers (American, b. 1970). Bittersweet the Fruit, 2002. Single-channel color video with sound component. Courtesy of the artist and Michael Klein Arts, New York
Along with Kalimba II, Bittersweet the Fruit is an  early work in which the piano plays a prominent role. The video opens  with an image of an upright piano, seen from behind, standing outdoors  in a wooded area. The camera approaches and slowly circles around to  reveal a black male pianist, nude, seated at the keyboard. Shot by the  artist in the summer of 1998, its creation coincided with the brutal  murder, by dragging, of James Byrd, Jr., in Jasper, Texas. Grieved by  the event, which shocked the nation, Biggers regarded the video as a  kind of memorial to Byrd: “Actually my hope was to reclaim nature and  the African American male’s entitlement to be in nature without the fear  of torture or death.”Source: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/sanford_biggers/bittersweet_fruit.php

Along with Kalimba II, Bittersweet the Fruit is an early work in which the piano plays a prominent role. The video opens with an image of an upright piano, seen from behind, standing outdoors in a wooded area. The camera approaches and slowly circles around to reveal a black male pianist, nude, seated at the keyboard. Shot by the artist in the summer of 1998, its creation coincided with the brutal murder, by dragging, of James Byrd, Jr., in Jasper, Texas. Grieved by the event, which shocked the nation, Biggers regarded the video as a kind of memorial to Byrd: “Actually my hope was to reclaim nature and the African American male’s entitlement to be in nature without the fear of torture or death.”

Source: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/sanford_biggers/bittersweet_fruit.php

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