New Street Art Works in Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement #ArtTuesday
The Black Lives Matter movement has inspired some fantastic street art all over the country. Here’s a selection from JUXTAPOZ:
First is a project coordinated by our Minnesota-based friend Eric Rieger aka HotTea, who organized a series of projections on the streets of Minneapolis, home of George Floyd. The installation artist explains how, “The concept for these projections was to take the images and names of those killed by excessive police force and project them onto surfaces that either seem obviously pleasant or obviously destructive. I chose to project George Floyd’s portrait onto the ‘Welcome to Minnesota’ sculpture because of its message. The phrase ‘Welcome to Minnesota’ does not mean the same thing for everybody. For black people and people of color, it has often meant unfair treatment by the police and discrimination in many aspects of life. Minnesota is known for its lakes, trees and many biking trails, but not all of us are so fortunate to enjoy the boat life or that pleasant walk around Lake Calhoun. So many lives have been lost to excessive police force, and this image is meant to make us think, ‘are we being genuine, are we being kind?’ For many of us the answer is YES, but for a lot of people that answer is NO. Behind the smile and relaxing lake lifestyle are police who mean to cause harm when given the opportunity. When moving to a state like Minnesota, we should all be welcomed and treated fairly no matter the color of our skin.
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