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Justice For George: Messages From The People

Context is Crucial

Street art is the single most widely available and accessible field of art that exists for both artists and fans alike, often providing an introduction to the arts within the public realm earlier than is encountered within institutional spaces. The plywood boards exhibited today are representations of street art produced largely during the Minneapolis Uprising of Summer 2020 throughout the Twin Cities. Street art is fleeting by nature, often only finding permanence in photography. This exhibition sets a new precedent where this work can be preserved and reactivated as a contemporary, living archive. 

The Urban Mapping Team (UAM), led by Dr. Heather Shirey, Dr. Todd Lawrence, and Dr. Paul Lorah, is partnered with Memorialize the Movement to photograph and archive this ephemeral work. UAM's community interviews and archival work through the George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art Database provide invaluable insight to our process. Through this context, we can continue to place this protest art within both the original sites of the street and its reactivation.