…The exhibition will explore two key recurring motifs—the chain and the rocker—which carry deep personal symbolism and speak to African-American culture. Edwards uses chain links in different formal iterations: to suggest oppression, but also connection and linkage between generations and communities, and broken chains to evoke liberation or rupture. His practice combines geometric and abstract forms that expand the formal and conceptual boundaries of contemporary sculpture, while drawing on personal experiences and his engagement with the history of race, labor, violence, and themes of the African Diaspora. Brighter Days will resonate with City Hall Park’s history as an African burial ground, the site of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, and more recently the 2020 occupation of City Hall and Black Lives Matter protests.
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