Social Cause

June 26, 2020

Artist Creates Portraits of Black People Killed by Police, a Minute of Color for Every Year of Life [Interview]

Artist Adrian Brandon creates work that focuses on the Black experience. While part of this centers around the “unique joy, swagger, and love” that is shared in the community, Brandon also uses his talents to mourn the Black people who have been killed by police. Through his ongoing series called Stolen, Brandon draws portraits of the many men, women, and children whose lives were tragically cut short.

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June 9, 2020

George Floyd’s Heartbreaking Final Words Are Flown Across 5 U.S. Cities

Five days after being murdered at the hands of the police, the finals words of 46-year-old George Floyd flew across the skies of American cities. This was the powerful work of artist Jammie Holmes, who used the installation as his own demonstration against the violent act that took Floyd’s life. On May 25, Floyd was detained outside of a Minneapolis grocery store on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill.

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June 8, 2020

Banksy Posts Powerful Anti-Racism Artwork in Support of Black Lives Matter

The latest artist to lend a voice to the Black Lives Matter movement is British street artist Banksy. By posting a powerful painting to his 9.3 million followers, he’s continuing his history of politically charged art. This latest painting shows a vigil candle igniting an American flag as a compelling symbol for the activism that is gripping the United States.

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June 4, 2020

Street Artists Around the World Are Paying Tribute to George Floyd

Around the world, street artists are using their skills to pay tribute to George Floyd. As Floyd’s senseless death continues to fuel protests calling for an end to racism and police brutality, painted memorials for the 46-year-old have sprung up around the globe. These artists are picking up their spray cans and paintbrushes to lend their voices to the Black Lives Matter movement, often incorporating the names of other black victims of police violence.

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