KANYE USES FAMOUS ART PIECE FOR BACKDROP TO PERFOMANCE. WHY?
Kanye too kto his website to explain the use of "the hanging tree" used his website (kanyewest.com) The picture was taken by London-born director and photographer, Steve McQueen, and is titled "Lynching Tree." Premiered at the Schaulager exhibition in Basel, the still shot captures a tree near New Orleans once used to hang Blacks. The lynched are buried in the ground surrounding the tree. Does Yeezy's performance make a lot more sense now?
Additionally, the aforementioned filmmaker will debut 12 Years A Slave, the film adaptation to an 1853 autobiography of the same name about Solomon Northup. Hit the jump for a better look at McQueen's historical piece and West's message.