Black Lives Matter Movement in Philadelphia
In the midst of a global pandemic, the murder of George Floyd sparked the largest civil rights protests across America in decades. On May 30, 2020, I set out to capture the crucial events in Philadelphia, from the summer of protests to the aftermath of the 2020 Presidential Election.
My work was contributed to a couple of charity initiatives. The first was Art for Philadelphia, a print sale featuring various Philadelphia-based artists raising money for Hearts on a Wire, Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, and Amistad Law Project. An edition of 20 prints of my photograph The Defacing of the Frank Rizzo Statue (2020) raised $6,000 for the Bail Fund. The second print sale used the hashtag #PhotosOfTheRevolution, with 100% of the proceeds going to 8 organizations including Hetrick-Martin Institute, Center For Constitutional Rights, Scope of Work, etc. The sales of Face-off (2020) contributed to the $100,000 raised by various artists in 1 week following the launch of that initiative.
Throughout this portfolio, I used the Rückenfigur (figure from the back), a compositional device to allow the viewer to vicariously experience the figure’s perspective of the scene. In this critical time for black voices to be heard, my primary concern is to communicate the complexities of the human condition.