I Breathe With You is an international exhibition open to the general public. The exclamation “I can’t breathe” was made by Eric Garner, an African American man, 11 times while lying face down on the sidewalk after being placed in a police chokehold. He died one hour later from a heart attack due to injuries to his neck and chest. A grand jury decided not to indict the offending police officer. “I can’t breathe” has become one of the most recognizable utterances of recent protests against oppression.
I Breathe With You establishes the artist as an ally to people and communities that suffer social injustices and other atrocities. We believe, as Senegalese filmmaker Ousman Sembene once declared, “The artist stands at the helm of the boat pointing the way.” We therefore invite you, the artist, to consider any one of the following in order to inspire an original artwork for this exhibition:
What form of bias or discrimination has become deplorable to you? What does it look like? Feel like? Who or how are individuals or communities affected? What would best solve this condition? What steps should we take to eliminate it? What one act might you perform to improve this condition? What would full health feel or look like for the one suffering? Other thoughts?
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1. August 2015