Rafa Esparza's Red Summer

12 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2017

Date Written: January 23, 2017


This essay analyzes the contributions that performance artist Rafa Esparza’s 2016 action “Red Summer” offers to legal analyses of police brutality and police killings of people of color. Building on the Demosprudence jurisprudence of Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres, as well as the author’s work on “artifacts” (studying relationships between visual and performance art and law), the author considers how Esparza’s invocation of grief and anguish combats official disdain of anti-police brutality social movements and etiolated legal responses to police killings.

Suggested Citation

Murray, Yxta Maya, Rafa Esparza's Red Summer (January 23, 2017). Fordham Urban Law Journal Online, Forthcoming, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2904688

Yxta Maya Murray (Contact Author)

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