Angela Davis (2017)
Couldn't help myself so I'm posting this image from the collaboration I've been working on recently. The original post and bio are available on Stephanie's account (tagged in the image). The concept behind the series is that we are paying homage to notable African American artists, thinkers and activists by recreating iconic images of them. Each image uses the same model. It's been a joy to work on and I can't wait to release the rest of the images! To see more, follow Stephanie's account, as she is posting a photo every day for the last 13 days of October.
Concept / Model: @tinsletown_
For the people crying in my DMs, telling me to put down the dusty old theoretical books because they're European.
The other day, some comrades and I were discussing the importance of theory and its role in revolutionary movements. What tends to be a common outlook in various organizing movements today is that theory is seen as unnecessary or inaccessible. For this reason theories, in this particular case Marxism, are usually dismissed. But here are some clarifications on some of these contradictions:
Suppression of Theory and History
First, you probably won’t learn about revolutionary theory or class struggle in high school, the same way you probably won’t learn about ethnic studies or womxn’s studies. Even though the high school I attended was/is underserved, we did have a Chicanx studies course. But the reason I bring this up is because even though we had this resource, it is not a program that is reflected across every single state and school district in the U.S. And the fact that programs such as Chicanx and Womxn’s studies exist in some colleges is not because the state or the administration of these schools magically said, “Hey, you know what? We have been suppressing the history of marginalized groups for a long time so it’s about time that we include them in the curriculum.” No. It was a struggle to integrate these programs into our schools and we have continued to see this struggle in the case of Arizona. If the bare minimum poses a threat to the state, what will happen when we demand what is fully necessary for our people? It should not take decades of struggle to learn our history. It should not take going to college to learn about our history. As it is, many states and districts continue to push the white washed version of history...
Women, Race, and Class (1981, Angela Davis) laid the groundwork for the discussion of #intersectionality . Davis analyzes the multiple levels of power hierarchies present in our society, specifically American society. This book forced activists and academia alike to reconsider how they framed inequality. Why? Because the multiple identities which inform our reality are deeply intertwined and NOT mutually exclusive from one another, and liberation could not be achieved without acknowledging and systematically disrupting each of these power systems (capitalism, hetero patriarchy, and racism, to name a few). In the words of Davis, "The idea of freedom is inspiring. But what does it mean? If you are free in a political sense but have no food, what's that? The freedom to starve?" #venuslibrary
Inktober Day-19 | #100DaysofTeabagart | Day-33 | Angela Davis abstract inspired by Shepard Fairey's illustration
Ink and gold leaf on used teabag skin
I'm not good with portraits of people and so, I'm always looking to see other artists' work and trying to learn from them. This is a really quick fifteen minute try-out. I sometimes worry about putting out bad work for people to see as I tend to have perfectionist tendencies with the work I create. Still felt like putting this up anyway as I think of the the good opportunity i had to attend one of her speeches and even getting a photograph with her. I'm still blown away by her fierceness! #teabagart
"We always have to act as if revolution is possible. If we do that work, the world will change even if it doesn't change the way we need it to right now." —Angela Davis. Photo of her from Friday when she had a convo with Michelle Alexander about the nature of movements. Angela spoke about how revolution exists on a continuum. Activists today stand on the shoulders of thousands of people who fought for justice in earlier times. Her intellectual and spiritual horsepower was palpable. || NYC followers: check out the full speaker series Michelle Alexander put together so you can attend the next event. They're free. #SpiritOfJustice Series. #angeladavis#likeforlike
"Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo - obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other."- #angeladavis "At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough."- #tonimorrison#vintagephotography#afro #😍 #vintagestyle#activists