Los Angeles based artist Patrick Martinez uses his art to document life and the complex cultural relationships of the city. For his Pee-Chee series, Martinez reimagined the old pee-chee folders we used to carry to school as kids, instead depicting images of police violence. The folders, symbolic of childhood, carry the weight of brutality and record the instances of violence at the hands of officers.
Martinez distributes his artwork at high schools and universities for students. It’s a way of commemorating innocent lives for younger generations but also so much more. The folders serve as a reminder of the corrupt, and often lethal, power that police officers have while touching on the nostalgia of our youth. Through the artist’s work, the pee-chee folder, a tool for collecting and observing in the classroom, becomes a tool for documenting injustice.