I'M AN ARTIST YOUR RULES DON'T APPLY
VOODOO ZULU LIBERATION TAXI 2015
Carrie Reichardt &
The Treatment Rooms Collective
After creating the Tiki Love Truck commemorating the death of her friend John Joe "Ash" Amador who was executed in 2007, Carrie Reichardt and her team were ready to engage into a whole new project of political intervention on another vehicle. This time, a classic English taxi was transformed into a "Zulu VooDoo Liberation" project, bringing attention to the cruel and inhumane treatment of Kenny "Zulu" Whitmore who was held in solitary confinement in Louisiana State Penitentiary for nearly thirty years. The taxi has been raising awareness... at various festivals including Shambala and Boomtown, and is currently on display at Coventry Transport Museum
Carrie Reichardt’s connection to Black Panthers goes a way back. More than fifteen years ago she started writing to people on death rows and political prisoners and many of her correspondences turned into some long-lasting friendships.
In her work, she pays homage to her friends, commemorating their existence or bringing attention to their mistreatment as a result of their political beliefs. Zulu Shade Never Fades, a tag line for the Liberation Taxi, is her way of telling the world how unjust and cruel the justice system can be. Kenny "Zulu" Whitmore is cruelly punished for the crime he was innocent of, in the process of prejudiced investigation and prosecutorial misconduct, as his lawyers report.
Whitmore is charged with murder in 1973, and sentenced to lifetime imprisonment which turned out to be a lifetime in a closed cell because of his membership in the former Black Panther Party.