Memphis art student calls Trump victory ‘American suicide’

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- "We hung it with yarn to basically comment on the fact that America basically committed suicide the night before," said art student Elizabeth Sanders.

A Memphis College of Arts student had no regrets when it comes to making a statement about how she feels about election results.

Sanders made a mannequin and hung it by a rope from the 3rd floor of the school balcony, then placed an America flag in front of that mannequin. The display quickly caught the attention of not only students but crowds in Overton Park.

"Security came out and took the dummy down. If they would have left it up 5 more minutes my classmates could have seen it, but I gathered a crowd at the park, but people did seem to understand it was about the Trump presidency."

"I had a signed contract from the school. They knew it was going to have to do with suicide and they knew it was going to be hanging from the 3rd floor balcony," she added.

The Memphis College of Art released this statement saying that on Wednesday November 9th, a physical representation of a hanged person was created and displayed.

The statement goes on to say that while MCA prepares students to change the world through creativity, an exhibition of this nature can be interpreted as racist and offensive.

They said the student got away from the original concept that was approved for the project.

"The flag was not approved but I didn`t change my subject matter," said Sanders.

Sanders had no regrets and said she`s pretty sure she aced the project since the point was to create something that got a reaction.

"There are people who are angry because they think its not good for the school but isn`t art supposed to be controversial?"

"Inside the school Thursday, there was also a dummy, an art project by another student. It was allowed to stay.

Sanders believes her display was removed so quickly because it was visible from the outside of the school and drew the wrong type of attention.



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