Documenting Social Response and Honoring Heroes of Covid19 pandemic - 3D virtual exhibition by Jules Smith

Documenting Social Response and Honoring Heroes of Covid19 pandemic

Wed, 07/08/2020 to Sun, 11/15/2020

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Covid19 has us locked down in our homes, social distancing, wearing masks, and washing our hands to flatten the curve of the Coronavirus pandemic. We sacrificed and continue to sacrifice our liberties freely to give our healthcare and essential workers a fighting chance as they risk their lives to save others. Social isolation had given us a chance to slow down, get creative, be unselfish. This exhibition expresses experiences and responses to this time in history. Better angels have emerged within some, bonafide heroes are everywhere. I paint what inspires me, moments ripped from the headlines. We are asked to fight this pandemic by not going out. I must do something. This is what I can do. I want to tell the stories, so we remember.

Then on March 26, 2020 we went to the next level. Because everyone was home on their phones and iPads tuning into social media, we were awakened first as a nation and then the entire world to the horrific injustice of police brutality as we watched a video over and over of George Floyd murdered by Minneapolis police. There are only two pieces included in this collection responding to the Black Lives Matter protests. One of a man praying at the memorial site where Mr Floyd was pinned to the ground for 8 minutes, 46 seconds. Another of the three young men that were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan during Freedom Summer in Mississippi in 1964 as they were assisting residents attempting to register to vote. Andrew Goodman, James Cheney and Michael Schwerner. As I continue to research the history of racial inequality and injustice I am working on a new collection. As I delicate myself to the truth of the past 400 years of inequality by studying documentaries and reading I want to remember their names. I want to tell their stories.

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