Join us for the opening reception of “our duty to fight,” organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago.
“our duty to fight” is a call to join the rebellion being waged. Artworks created especially for the exhibition include objects and images by Chicago-based artists in collaboration with the families of Chicago-area residents killed by police; a digital projection-based work calling for interaction and reflection; and an artist-designed space for dialogue, learning, and healing. Highlighted throughout the exhibition are stories, images, and ephemera detailing the paths to recent intersectional movement victories in campaigns such as #traumacenternow, #reparationsnow, and #byeanita. “our duty to fight” holds a space for survivors and families bereft of justice under anti-Black state violence and offers a living testament to the struggles that have been at the core of visionary world-making in Chicago organizing.
New artworks by James T. Green, Cairá Lee Conner, Sherwin Ovid; and artists Jireh L. Drake, Itunuoluwa Ebijimi, Makeba Kedem-DuBose, La Keisha Leek and Bryant Cross, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Ariel Perkins-Fenwick, Shelby Stone, Ethos Viets-VanLear, Rhonda Wheatley, in collaboration with the families of Rekia Boyd, Dakota Bright, Dominique “Damo” Franklin Jr., Justus Howell, Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson, Bettie Jones, Flint Farmer, Darius Pinex, Stephon Watts.
For more information about the exhibition, visit the Gallery 400 website: http://gallery400.uic.edu/exhibitions/our-duty-to-fight