notes from beirut

الفن و الثورة

In worldwide on January 19, 2010 at 7:38

Attended an interesting seminar during the weekend, where former Black Panther Minister of Culture and graphic artist Emory Douglas spoke about his pieces in the context of ‘Art and Revolution’.

Showing us illustrations from the late sixties up til now, he spoke about the situation for black people in the US now and in the past, the work of the Black Panthers, and also how discriminatory practices at home have always been analogous to imperialist policies abroad.

These are two of his latest illustrations, made only last year I think. The first one represents the situation today of a huge over-representation of blacks in prison, and how that can be seen as a continuation of slavery. Quite a powerful image. And the Obama one, no need for further explanation there. Pretty clear.

To see more of his art work and read about him and the Black Panthers, check out what Urbis and MOCA writes about their exhibitions of his images.

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