Above are links to websites of, or articles about, black artists whose work you need to know about. Some of them have concurrent activist practices. I am presenting them without commentary because I believe their work speaks for itself. Here is your challenge:
- Open up a new web browser
- Open up each artist's website and spend at least 5-10 minutes looking at their work
- Read the artist statement, if one is included
- If there are other media included - videos, press, etc - engage those
- If you feel compelled, google their name and find other resources and platforms to engage their work (I have tried to keep this list concise)
- Find and follow them on social media
- If you have the means, I encourage you to purchase books, prints, other materials directly from the artist
- TAKE NOTES on what you are observing
- Respond to this email with one thing you learned about systemic racism in our country through engaging these artists' work and one thing you will do in response. I will compile and share.
*DO NOT let this challenge take you away from donating to social justice organizations, checking in on your black friends, writing your senators, police chiefs and other leadership, and educating yourself about your privilege.
**THIS IS NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST. There are many, many brilliant artists who I have not included here.