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This chapter examines the fatal misrecognition of South Asians as 'terrorists' shortly after 9/11 in the United States. It also examines the fatal misrecognition of Jean Charles de Menezes, an electrician originally from Brazil living in London, as a 'terrorist' after 7 July 2005 or '7/7' in the UK. The chapter explains the fatal misrecognition of teenager Trayvon Martin as a 'criminal' in Sanford, Florida, on 6 February 2012 in the United States. By exploring artwork and visual culture as nimbly occupying the 'in-between space', the chapter aims to link 9/11, 7/7 and the death of Martin by specifically bringing to the fore the manner in which visual identification takes place, a process that has been ill-explored in the context of any of these events. Kehinde Wiley's works, much like that of Margaret Smith Piper's digital work, Carter Goodrich's cartoon and Martin's memorial, function at the in-between of significations.

Productive failure

Writing queer transnational South Asian art histories


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