The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 is regarded as one of the most controversial pieces of legislation that has been passed in the history of the United States. Led by President Bill Clinton, it is the largest crime bill in the history of the country and provided for 100,000 new police officers and $9.7 billion in funding for prisons. As a result, this bill had a large impact on spurring mass incarceration and the additional destruction of communities of color in America. The bill also led to the creation and popularization of a term that would be used to unambiguously describe Black and Latino youth.
“Super-predator” is a term that was penned in 1995 by criminologist and political scientist John Dilulio in an article he wrote entitled “The Coming of the Super-Predator.” The term was created to describe youth who possess, as Hilary Clinton stated in a 1996 speech about the agenda, “no conscience [and] no empathy.” Ironically, the passage of the crime bill and the promotion of this term by the nation’s “leaders” mercilessly contributed to the destruction of the families and communities that these “predators” came from.
Alien vs Predator is a multidisciplinary exhibition which highlights the foundational and systemic transgressions of the world’s greatest paradoxical superpower. By transposing the term “Super-predator,” the exhibition seeks to stimulate a curiosity within the viewer that forces them to reconsider the legitimacy of the term.
«Who's the predator?»
This exhibition is curated by Nicolas B. Aziz.