Opening shots: FBI Seized Objects on Display
Returned Objects: A Multimedia Art Installation opened on Wednesday, July 15 at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery in Buffalo, NY.
Although the gallery was prepared and lighting completed, with news clips rolling and photos and documents mounted on the wall prior to the opening on the 15th, the shipment of returned objects arrived at the gallery in boxes around 6:30 a.m. that morning, making for an interesting scramble for those working on the installation. The installation was finished at 6:02 p.m. – only two minutes late.
The last time Pickering saw the returned objects was fourteen years ago. Pickering continues to be watched by the FBI even though there was never any evidence that he participated in any action with the Earth Liberation Front.
“The seizure of computers and other office equipment by the FBI from Leslie James Pickering and Craig Rosebraugh’s residence was aimed at crippling the ELF Press Office,” was one of Michael Kuzma’s statements on display at the gallery.
Another of Kuzma’s statements on the gallery wall read, “The primary mission of the FBI is to monitor and crush domestic political dissent. In the case of Pickering and Rosebraugh, the FBI failed miserably in its attempt to quash Leslie and Craig’s First Amendment rights. Both Leslie and Craig remain committed to the fight for political, social and economic justice.”
The installation will be on display until July 26th in the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery, 148 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY.
Hours and more information about the art installation can be found here and:
Special Closing Reception, Sunday, July 26th – 3 to 5 p.m.
Former ELF Press Officer Leslie James Pickering and civil rights attorney Michael Kuzma will speak at the closing
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