Black Women in Visual Art: Capturing the Fire, an online exhibition curated by founders Darcia Mia DeMarr and Lauren Jackson Harris
Image #1 WideAwakes: Captured by Anthony Artis
A hallmark of American civil liberty has been the right to protest. Photographer Anthony Artis captured this electric image of Wide Awakes 2020 marchers. Originally an abolitionist group this year marked the 160th anniversary of their first procession in NYC. What needs to be abolished today?
Image #2 For Freedoms: Come out, Come out, Wherever You Are by For Freedoms - Lorraine O'Grady
Lorraine O’Grady has been a socially engaged, performance artist before these terms existed. This billboard is from her “Cutting Out the New York Times,” a series of 26 found newspaper poems made on successive Sundays, from June 5 to November 20, 1977. Today it calls us to reveal ourselves with our vote.
Image #3 Performance artist @crackheadbarneyisback by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn
Humor is a clever medium for powerful ideas. This image captured by @laylah of performance artist @crackheadbarneyisback exposes a message emphasizing the bizarre circumstances of an unprecedented social and political moment in American history.
Image #4 Shirley Chislom by Mike Lien
With a fierce spirit for activism, Shirley Chisholm blazed a path of firsts. She was the first African American woman elected to congress. Later, she was the first African American candidate nominated by a major party for president. This image captures the fire of her presence as a political pioneer.
Photo Credit: Mike Lien/The New York Times
Image #5 "Undocumented", image from series by John Moore
Her hand raised to the flag is a sign of commitment to the possibility of America and an act of faith for a prosperous future as a new citizen. Despite a legacy of horror towards many who resemble her, she remains steadfast. Let America be as committed to its citizens by shedding antiquated hierarchies and allowing space for sustainable freedom.