On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died while being in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota (United States). As the witness videos show, the victim displayed no resistance, and there is no justification for the staggering violence in which the arrest took place. Four police officers hold him, including Derek Chavin, who is responsible for the death of this father in handcuffs, beaten and pressed on the ground until asphyxiation. An "incident" like many others in the country where police violence against the African American population is common and where the police kills with impunity. Followed by protests across the United States, a firm response to injustice from weary people who demand change. The indignation and the mobilization has crossed the borders and in France also the movement is resumed.
People show their support by signing many petitions which are circulating social media networks, and each of them lends its voice in favor of the protests. This is also the case for artists who get involved, and more particularly in Nantes for street artists. In an Extraordinary garden, in Bas-Chantenay, a fresco in homage to Georges Floyd has appeared. Graffiti signed Itvan.K, a member of the Black Lines collective who uses paint spray to fight. The group’s objective is to promote political graffiti and it is already positioned itself in the past against the police violence. In XNUMX, Itvan.K and Lask produced a black and white fresco showing a Marianne with a Molotov cocktail in hand, facing an insurrection scene in front of a burning car. This painting was made by the two artists during the time and at proximity of a rally against "anti-cop hatred" organized by the Alliance police union and witnessed the ignition of a police vehicle on the Valmy dock. The graffiti was immediately censored and covered up.
Meanwhile, the graffiti in the Extraordinary garden already attracts a lot of people, a great initiative in the world of street art. We see a banner that displays a poignant slogan: "Let us breathe". A strong formula which echoes the last words of Georges Floyd, "I can't breathe", but also those of Adama Traoré, who died like many others in France under the violence of the "peacekeepers" who pressed him on the ground, depriving him of air forever. We also see demonstrators, a burning police car, and an officer kneeling on the body of a man on the ground. A representation of the climate of revolt which hovers and a call to consciences to wake up.