Opening Reception: our duty to fight


Join us for the opening reception of “our duty to fight,” organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago.

“our duty to fight” is a call to join the rebellion being waged. Artworks created especially for the exhibition include objects and images by Chicago-based artists in collaboration with the families of Chicago-area residents killed by police; a digital projection-based work calling for interaction and reflection; and an artist-designed space for dialogue, learning, and healing. Highlighted throughout the exhibition are stories, images, and ephemera detailing the paths to recent intersectional movement victories in campaigns such as #traumacenternow, #reparationsnow, and #byeanita. “our duty to fight” holds a space for survivors and families bereft of justice under anti-Black state violence and offers a living testament to the struggles that have been at the core of visionary world-making in Chicago organizing.

New artworks by James T. Green, Cairá Lee Conner, Sherwin Ovid; and artists Jireh L. Drake, Itunuoluwa Ebijimi, Makeba Kedem-DuBose, La Keisha Leek and Bryant Cross, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Ariel Perkins-Fenwick, Shelby Stone, Ethos Viets-VanLear, Rhonda Wheatley, in collaboration with the families of Rekia Boyd, Dakota Bright, Dominique “Damo” Franklin Jr., Justus Howell, Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson, Bettie Jones, Flint Farmer, Darius Pinex, Stephon Watts.

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