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Michael Brown’s father calls Chicago exhibit of his son ‘disgusting’

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CHICAGO -- A shocking and provocative art exhibit depicting the Ferguson, Mo., shooting of Michael Brown recently opened in Chicago, and Brown's father, Michael Brown Senior, is calling the exhibit disgusting.

In an exclusive interview with KTVI in St. Louis, Brown Senior said the life-sized portrayal of his son's killing disturbs him, and brings back painful memories.

"I really, really would like for them to take that away," said Brown Senior. "I think it's disturbing, disgusting ... that picture is still in my head."

The artist, Ti-Rock Moore, a white woman from New Orleans, says the images portrayed in “Confronting Truths: Wake Up!” represent white privilege in America and how it negatively affects the black community now and has for generations. She shows a black Statue of Liberty, a noose dangling from a neon sign and a life size portrayal of Michael Brown as he laid in the streets of Ferguson for hours after he was shot by a white officer almost one year ago.

"I have no problem with the person who created it, but I think they should have reached out to both sides of the family," Brown Senior told KTVI, adding the artist or gallery should have contacted him as well as the mother.

The exhibit is on display at the Gallery Guichard on the South Side of Chicago, which describes itself as a contemporary gallery with many artists from the African diaspora.

The owners, Frances and Andre Guichard, told The Guardian they have received death threats because of the exhibit.  "I think what makes this exhibition really unique is that it's really bold and blunt, and it's right in your face," said Andre Guichard.  "But when you really think about racism, racism can be bold and blunt and right in your face, too."

The exhibit is free and runs through August 10.

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