MURALS FOR THE MOVEMENT RISES IN NEW YORK CITY, 2021
Murals for the Movement, a public art initiative showcasing and amplifying Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) artists. Visitors can now view new work by Sophia Dawson, Cey Adams and Marka27 at several locations across the DUMBO neighbourhood of Brooklyn.
Murals for the Movement was started by Street Theory during the summer of 2020, Murals for the Movement was born as a response to police brutality and is intended as a way to rebuild communities across multiple cities with uplifting large-scale murals and public art by Black Artists and Artists of Colour.
Through grassroots fundraising, Street Theory installed 10 pieces of large-scale public art in Boston and New York, worked with more than a dozen BIPOC artists, muralists, and photographers from Minneapolis, Boston, New York and Los Angeles.
Artist CEY ADAMS mural was titled “LOVE” and can be found on Prospect + Adams St.
“My LOVE murals are designed to encourage the viewer to think and see beyond the surface. The work inspires examination and positive conversation. The images, graphic shapes and vivid colors relate to the complexity of our diverse community.” Cey Adams
Artist SOPHIA DAWSON is titled “Standing In The Gap” and is on Front St. between Pearl St. & Adams St.
“The concept stems from the necessity to acknowledge the legacy of the generation that came before us that fought for our rights and freedom as we continue to contend for the destiny we deserve. It also speaks to the importance of spiritual warfare and how a battle must be won spiritually before it is won physically. The background will incorporate a color bars theme and use of the ginkgo African fabric for my cultural pattern that will appear throughout the mural.” Sophia Dawson
Artist VICTOR ‘MARKA27’ QUINONEZ mural is titled “Back to the Essence, Brooklyn” and can be found on 195 Gold Street.
“This mural celebrates the African Diaspora and contemporary Afro-Futurism. The two strong females are a symbol of strength, black pride and beauty. The multi-cultural patterns are inspired by African mud cloth. The “Neo Indigenous” patterns are original and created by Marka27. The tropical background, bold colors, and nature all tie back to the motherland Africa with flowers, plants, and animals native to Africa.” Marka27
“In many of these cities, our murals have served as backdrops during massive protests as reminders of the beauty, hope and justice that we are all striving for.,The DRI goals help us to continue supporting Black Artists and Artists of Color as pivotal to the re-imagining of more diverse, multicultural, and tolerant cities, neighbourhoods, and communities.” Liza Quinonez Street Theory co-founder and Murals for the Movement creator
This project was funded by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) and DUMBO Improvement District (Dumbo) utilising NYCDOT property and will be on display through the Spring.
Photo credit Tost Films / Street Theory