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Artists who are using their work to help the #blacklivesmatter movement
Here we share a handful of beautiful pieces we have seen.
Around the Globe 18 Jun 2020

In response to the Black Lives Matter movement artists around the world have been using their creativity to articulate the range of feelings at the very heart of the movement by making and sharing their art. Channeling their energy to bring awareness to the inequality and lives unfairly and prematurely lost in a range of medias, from murals by emerging young artists to weaved portraits to pieces by well-known artists such as Banksy.

On top of using their art works to spread awareness, creatives have been helping the cause in various other ways – from print sales raising funds, to new campaigns, initiatives and grants.

It is most likely you have seen many of the powerful images shared across social media with the hashtag #blacklivesmatter, on the front cover of magazines, or even used as signs in protests globally.

Here we share a handful of beautiful pieces we have seen.

Titus Kaphar for the front cover of Time Magazine

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In his new work Analogous Colors, the artist Titus Kaphar depicts an African-American mother holding her child. To complete the work, Kaphar cut out the canvas to show a mother's loss: Floyd called out to his deceased mother during the 8 minutes and 46 seconds he was pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer. "In her expression, I see the black mothers who are unseen, and rendered helpless in this fury against their babies," writes Kaphar. For the first time, the red border of TIME includes the names of people: 35 black men and women whose deaths, in many cases by police, were the result of systemic racism and helped fuel the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Their names are merely a fraction of the many more who have lost their lives because of the racist violence that has been part of this nation from its start. Their names are Trayvon Martin • Yvette Smith • Eric Garner • Michael Brown • Laquan McDonald • Tanisha Anderson • Akai Gurley • Tamir Rice • Jerame Reid • Natasha McKenna • Eric Harris • Walter Scott • Freddie Gray • William Chapman • Sandra Bland • Darrius Stewart • Samuel DuBose • Janet Wilson • Calin Roquemore • Alton Sterling • Philando Castile • Joseph Mann • Terence Crutcher • Chad Robertson • Jordan Edwards • Aaron Bailey • Stephon Clark • Danny Ray Thomas • Antwon Rose • Botham Jean • Atatiana Jefferson • Michael Dean • Ahmaud Arbery • Breonna Taylor • and George Floyd. Read more behind the cover at the link in bio. Painting by Titus Kaphar for TIME

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Raphael Adjetey Adjei Mayne’s portrait of George Floyd in collaboration with Blank White Space.

Reyna Noriega

Miriam Mosqueda

Shirien Damra

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What is happening across this nation is a rebellion. An uprising for life and dignity. A groundswell that demands justice for the 400+ years of systemic oppression Black people in this country have continually been subjected to. As I see people rise up from coast to coast, in the midst of a global pandemic, I am inspired and awed that people are taking the streets, unafraid and courageously, demanding a world where Black folks no longer have to fear for their lives and where Black communities can thrive. For my non-Black followers, this is a moment where we must show up fully and wholeheartedly for the Black struggle for liberation. As revolutionary Black feminist Angela Davis says, “you have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” And what does radical transformation look like? It starts with following the lead of Black organizers and leaders and heeding their demands. One thing you can do right now is follow @mvmnt4blklives and learn more about how you can plug into their #DefundPolice campaign. You can also donate to incredible Black-led organizations like @thedreamdefenders, @byp100, @assatasdaughtersig , and @Law4BlackLives who are doing the work to root out systematic racism and oppression. And remember to continue to rise for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Laquan McDonald, Sandra Bland and the countless others who have been killed at the hands of police murder and white supremacist violence. We cannot be free until we are all free. I am wishing you all safety and wellness during this heavy time. Much love ♥️✊🏽 #BlackLivesMatter #DefendBlackLife

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Adrian Brandon

Banksy

Diedrick Brackens

JR

Nikkolas Smith

Takashi Murakami

Kadir Nelson

Sara Shakeel

Michael J Hentz

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#blacklivesmatter #defundthepolice

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Cate Young

Grace Owen

Jammie Holmes

Patrick Matinez

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