Blum & Poe is pleased to host Show Me the Signs, a preview exhibition of an upcoming benefit auction to help the families of Black women killed by the police. Over 100 artists have created powerful pieces in the form of protest signs to fight for change, with all works being auctioned and 100% of the proceeds going to the African American Policy Forum #SayHerName Mothers Network. Founded by AAPF in December 2014, the #SayHerName campaign works with the mothers and families of Black women, girls, and femmes killed by police, to elevate their stories and fight for justice. 'Black women and girls do not fit the most accessible frames of anti-Black police violence, and because of that, it's difficult to tell their stories in a way that people recognise and remember,' said Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, AAPF executive director and founder of Say Her Name. 'By working with the families of slain Black women, AAPF's #SayHerName campaign resists Black women's invisibility by telling their stories.'
'Black women and girls do not fit the most accessible frames of anti-Black police violence, and because of that, it's difficult to tell their stories in a way that people recognise and remember,' said Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, AAPF executive director and co-founder and founder of Say Her Name. 'By working with the families of slain Black women, AAPF's #SayHerName campaign resists Black women's invisibility by telling their stories.'
Featuring works by artists across creative industries including April Bey, Cardi B, Jim Carrey, George Condo, Billie Eilish, Aaron Fowler, David Hockney, Rashid Johnson, Bruno Mars, Marilyn Minter, Nancy Rubins, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn, 'Show Me the Signs' brings together a diverse and inclusive collective of creative voices that reinforce solidarity and empower love. The benefit auction will be hosted on Artfizz, a new online community-driven marketplace for contemporary art, which is offering its platform to support the initiative prior to its official launch later this year.
'We thank all of the participating artists who have shared their creative vision to stand for love and equal justice, and to support this important cause," said Amanda Hunt, Director of Public Programs and Creative Practice at Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and member of the "Show Me the Signs" Benefit Committee. 'Show Me the Signs brings the creative community together with a larger collective to protest police violence against Black women, support the families already impacted, and promote a better future for all.'
'During this time of civil unrest due to the unjust killing of Breonna Taylor, I hope to see more people understand the Black diaspora and ask themselves how we can change for a better world,' said Kathia St. Hilaire, participating artist.
'Breonna Taylor, a human being, was murdered within the cascade of circumstances that fuels a particularly deep sense of sorrow,' said Nathaniel Mary Quinn, participating artist and member of the Show Me the Signs Benefit Committee. 'In 2011, she was a student at the University of Kentucky; she cared for those in need as a health care provider. In the words of James Baldwin, 'not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.'
"Say her name – and keep the tragedies of these women at the forefront so that change is the result," said Mr. Wash (Fulton Washington), participating artist. "Since the days of old, people have been praying to God to 'show me a sign!' We must keep the faith that justice will be delivered for these women. Always keep in mind that 'faith without works is dead.'"
Christine Y. Kim
Shermena M. Nelson
Nathaniel Mary Quinn
Myriam Ben Salah
African American Policy Forum (AAPF) was founded in 1996 by Kimberlé Crenshaw and Luke Charles Harris, African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative think tank that connects academics, activists and policymakers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality. AAPF utilizes new ideas and innovative perspectives to transform public discourse and policy. AAPF promotes frameworks and strategies that address a vision of racial justice that embraces the intersections of race, gender, class, and the array of barriers that disempower those who are marginalized in society. AAPF is dedicated to advancing and expanding racial justice, gender equality, and the indivisibility of all human rights, both in the U.S. and internationally. To learn more about the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and its #SayHerName campaign, please visit aapf.org.
SayHerName launched in December 2014 by the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS), the #SayHerName campaign brings awareness to the often invisible names and stories of Black women and girls who have been victimised by racist police violence, and provides support to their families.
The #SayHerName Mothers Network is a group of mothers and family members of Black women, girls and femmes killed by police. The mission of the Mothers Network is to provide support to other mothers and families who have been victimised by racist police violence and to bring about reforms in social, judicial and law enforcement practices that can ensure humane, just and empathetic change in communities across the nation. Similar to movements for social and restorative justice from around the world, this network of Mothers and families has turned grief into activism while providing a model for social movements that are currently searching for sustainable approaches to advocacy and reform.
Artfizz is a new online platform that seeks to foster a community-driven marketplace for contemporary art. Founded on the belief that artists should continue to benefit from the ongoing sales of their work and be a part of their works' continued journey, Artfizz shares half of the commission with the artists whenever their works are resold on the platform. Further details will be announced later this year.
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