Tyler Mitchell

Idyllic Space

Single channel ceiling mounted video, sound, turf grass, white picket fence


RT: 12 min 45 sec
Dimensions variable
Edition of 20 + 2AP



In Idyllic Space, young black people enjoy simple pleasures, such as eating ice cream,
hanging around the pool and playing tag. Mitchell cites the 2014 killing of Tamir Rice – a
12-year-old boy who was shot by Cleveland police while playing outside with a toy pellet
gun – as an urgent call-to-action. Mitchell’s video installation highlights the mindless
activities many of us take for granted, very often completely overlooked, as a bold visual
reminder that these representational moments of leisure, play and delight, have
historically been denied black people.



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