Over 100 artists are participating in a benefit auction and exhibition called “Show Me the Signs” to support the families of Black women killed by the police. The powerful works have been created in the form of protest signs to fight against police brutality and injustices amid the ongoing systemic problem in the United States. All proceeds from the sale of the works will directly benefit the AAPF #SayHerName Mothers Network that works with the mothers and families of Black women, girls and femmes murdered by police to shed light on their stories and fight for justice.
“Black women and girls do not fit the most accessible frames of anti-Black police violence, and because of that, it’s difficult to tell their stories in a way that people recognize and remember,” said Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, AAPF executive director and co-founder and founder of Say Her Name. “By working with the families of slain Black women, AAPF’s #SayHerName campaign resists Black women’s invisibility by telling their stories.”
Participants include a wide range of artists and celebrities such as April Bey, Cardi B, Jim Carrey, George Condo, Billie Eilish, Aaron Fowler, David Hockney, Rashid Johnson, Bruno Mars, Marilyn Minter, Nancy Rubins, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Following a preview from October 29 to November 9, the auction will launch for bidding in two parts, with Part 1 running from November 10 to 19, and Part 2 running from November 21 to 30. All of the signs from the auction will be on view from October 30 to November 14 at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles.
Visit AAPF’s website to learn more about the project and view select pieces in the slideshow above.
Elsewhere in art, Titus Kaphar presents a haunting narrative of Black motherhood in new paintings.
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