CCCADI and MoCADA present H(A)UNTEDThursday, April 26th, 2012 Categories: Diaspora, Exhibitions, Updates
On a rainy evening on February 26, shortly after 7pm, Trayvon Martin spoke his last words…pleas for help and screams of mercy. He died a brutal death at the hands of George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood patrolman who decided that 17-year old Trayvon looked suspicious. Trayvon’s crime – he was young, a male and Black. Trayvon was wearing a hoodie and took a break from watching an NBA All-Star game to go to the local convenience store for a pack of skittles and an iced tea. One month later, Trayvon’s murderer has yet to be arrested.
Justice for Travyon’s death has been the outcry for the Black community At-large. However, less than several months ago, this same community was up in arms over the legal execution of another young Black man, Troy Davis. To date, Black men have suffered a long history of violence as a result of distorted stereotyping created from the institutional establishment of mis-leading images perpetuated by mass media. From the advent of D.W. Griffith’s Birth of A Nation (1915), to the constant bombardment of negative images of Black men and boys in the news, videos, newspapers and magazines, this imagery has perpetuated antagonistic attitudes and behaviors towards this demographic, which has innumerably resulted in death. From early 20th century lynchings to more recent killings by police, many lives have been lost as a direct and indirect result of racist stereotyping of Black men.
Curated by: Shantrelle P. Lewis
Stacey-Robin H. Johnson
CCCADI and MoCADA are committed to upholding a tradition of arts and activism. In the same manner in which Ida B. Wells-Barnett fought feverishly against lynchings and W.E.B. du Bois urged artists to use their talent for the sake of propaganda, our institutions encourage artists to use their voices to contribute to the empowerment of our communities. In response to Travyon Martin’s recent unwarranted murder and the consequences of being Black and male in America, artists were invited to join us in raising critical awareness in the demand for justice and the fight to end the criminalization of Black men that is an apparent result of racial stereotyping. Featuring the work of 26 international artists, H(A)UNTED is a multimedia, multi-racial conversation about how we view Black men in society.
On View from April 26 – May 18, 2012. Tuesday through Friday 10am to 6pm. Opening Reception: April 26, 2012 | 7 – 10pm w/ Revolution on the turntables at the CCCADI- 408 W. 58th Street, New York, NY 10019
H(A)UNTED’s Public Installation at MoCADA: On Saturday, May 5th from 2 – 6pm at MoCADA, H(A)UNTED’s special public installation at MoCADA featuring the photography of Malik Cumbo, Russell K. Frederick, Jahse, Dwayne Rodgers and Radcliffe Roye including images of Lumumba Bandele, Blitz the Ambassador, Dr. Robert Gore, Steven Lawson and Sim Walker.
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