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Rotman made it clear he wanted to focus on art, rather than exposing the gang - and in turn they granted him unprecedented access to their inner workings.
‘Gangs represent a certain set of human drives taken to an extreme. This is what I wanted to explore,’ Rotman said.
An exhibition of the portraits sparked outcry earlier this year after including a portrait of murderer Shane Harrison which was exhibited in his victim's hometown.
‘The work is not about who did what or what happened,' Rotman said. 'This is about a particular part of the country and history of the country I was interested in as a project, not about a stereotype but about these particular people.’
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
Inherently intimidating, the members of this gang deliver human death as part of obtaining membership and for a very long time, it's membership has shunned social norms.
'There was always an unspoken understanding that if I crossed them they would kill me.’