Black August: Portraits of black activists and revolutionaries, soundscapes and archival audio —


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Black August grew out of the California prison system to honor fallen Freedom Fighters, Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden.
Black August is a time to study history, and to set intentions towards activism for freedom and social change. Mumia Abu Jamal, political prisoner and tireless author, journalist and activist, said, “August is a month of meaning, of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice; of repression and righteous rebellion; of individual and collective efforts to free the slaves and break the chains that bind us.”

On the 45 anniversary of Black August, join Syrus Marcus Ware in remembering black revolutionaries who have challenged the prison industrial complex and anti-black racism in North America and beyond. Through large-scale portraiture and audio soundscapes, Syrus will remember local activists, ancestral memories and family legacies of mobilizing for social change.

ON EXHIBIT: August 23-31, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, August, 26, 2015, 5-7pm
at the Chester Avenue TTC Subway Station artist-run newsstand in Toronto

made possible with the support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council

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One thought on “Black August: Portraits of black activists and revolutionaries, soundscapes and archival audio —

  1. Had the pleasure of meeting Syrus at this exhibit and he spoke about the designs being like a celebratory wallpaper, commemorating activists in a positive, empowering way. What a beautiful–dare I say homely?– way to recount our history. Thank you for sharing your creative mind with the world.

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