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VOICES I, Abstract Expressions. Richmond VA 2020 Black Lives Matter - BLM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOICES I
Abstract Expressions

 

These photographs were taken at the Gen. Robert E. Lee memorial statue and other Civil War memorials along Monument Avenue in Richmond VA, June-August 2020, during Black Lives Matter protests demanding an end to systemic racism and police brutality.

As a whole, the graffiti-strewn scene is a visual cacophony of loud and colorful voices expressing a range of emotions from outrage to love — passionate to prayerful. In my visits to these sites in my home city, seeing through the words and symbols, I find the visceral, abstract compositions they unwittingly form; overlapping and intertwining gestures shared in communal outpouring.

My relationship with abstract imagery centers around its enigmatic quality that invites me to connect with the artist and the act of creating. In this series, that connection ties me to the hands and hearts of those who found a place and a way to speak their deepest truths.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Jere Kittle at the Robert E. Lee memorial in Richmond VA. Photo by T.C. Moore.
Photo: T. C. Moore

 

Photo: Robert E. Lee memorial in Richmond VA, June 30, 2020
Robert E. Lee memorial, Richmond VA, June 30, 2020

 

Blue Heart: graffiti at the Robert E. Lee memorial in Richmond VA.<br />Artist unkonwn.

 


 

VOICES II

In black and white and shades of gray,
the swirls and strokes
are figures of speech. See VOICES II >>

See VOICES II collection.

 



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