HYATTSVILLE, Md—Printmaking has a long history as a being an important vehicle to expose injustice, promote democracy, and bring about social change. In response to recent events, Pyramid Atlantic hosted a collaborative effort in support of racial justice by providing free protest posters for the local community.
"We Stand is about support and solidarity in the most meaningful of ways. Every movement has an aesthetic, an image, a message that ties it to the memory of its age. For us right now, Black Lives Matter is that message and with it a myriad of ways that Black lives are expressed. I believe in standing up for my people all over the world, and we are not a monolith. These images and the artists behind them are just a few of the ways we can stand together in service of Black lives, because in the words of actor John Boyega, "Black lives have always mattered."
—Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi,
Pyramid Board Member,
We Stand Curator
(@katskornerco + @lsp_onthego)
Pyramid Atlantic felt it was important to stand with the community and use its printmaking studios in the service of the Black Lives Matter movement. Pyramid reopened its space and equipment to artists, putting tools back to work for the printing of original protest posters designed by Black and brown artists.
These works were hand-printed, print-a-thon style, by an incredible group of volunteer artist-printers.
Collectively, these prints were distributed for FREE in hope that the local community would put them to use in voicing their support of artists of color and in the service of social justice. The response was overwhelming, with many designs quickly reserved out of stock. Community members responded with plans to tape the posters to windows and doors, displaying them proudly in places of business, and taking them out into the streets as a visual protest in marches, both local and in downtown Washington.
Michael Booker (@mabooker_art)
John Ortiz (@jgrafx.studio)
Gerald Watson (@geraldcwatson)
Hadiya Williams (@hadiyawilliams)
Jennifer White Johnson (@jtknoxroxs)
Printers include: Adi Segal, Amy Callner, Aubrey Dunn, James Quigley, Jeana Foley, Lauren Emeritz, Melissa Ezelle, Nicole Parker, Sarah Matthews, Steven Stichter
ABOUT PYRAMID ATLANTIC ART CENTER
Founded in 1981, Pyramid Atlantic is a nonprofit contemporary art center fostering the creative disciplines of papermaking, printmaking, and book arts within a collaborative community. We equip, educate, and exhibit in our historic Hyattsville home. Our vision is to create an artistic hub in Hyattsville that inspires and enables local, national, and international artists to create and innovate in our core disciplines; elevates the local arts and small business scene; and enhances the quality of life for artists and neighbors. We value artistic excellence, infrastructure for artists, hands-on experiences, and collaboration.
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