BAIA Talks - Shantay Robinson & the Message Behind Murals


As an act of resistance against brutal law enforcement upon black and brown bodies, artists have taken to public art to express their contempt. On walls around the world, you can find murals dedicated to the lives of fallen civilians who were victims of police brutality. These murals, in public spaces, allow the message of injustices to reach audiences who might not read newspaper editorials, attend community town hall meetings, or march at rallies about the issue. A mural for Sandra Bland was erected in Ontario Canada, one for Trayvon Martin in Brooklyn New York, and one for Eric Garner in St. Louis. While each of these murals was painted in cities other than those communities where the victims lived or lost their lives, they were created to espouse a sense of solidarity amongst communities and convey the idea that we are all in this together.
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