Stanley Février (born in 1976), Yes, We Love You, 2020, reinforced Hydrocal cement. MMFA, purchase, gift of An-Lap Vo-Dignard and Jennifer Nguyen. Photo Jean-Guy Turgeon
Born in Port-au-Prince in 1976, Stanley Février explores institutional criticisms, identity issues, violence, and violence-based inequality. Political and engaged, his works also draw inspiration from power struggles in an era of globalization while addressing more personal questions, such as our relationship to ourselves and others. The striking Yes, We Love You (2020) denounces the lack of accountability and consequences of institutionalized violence. It depicts the death of African-American George Floyd during his arrest by white police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. In this self-portrait, Février has sculpted himself in the same position that Floyd was held in during his arrest.
The Museum gratefully acknowledges An-Lap Vo-Dignard and Jennifer Nguyen for making this acquisition possible.