Powerful Artworks Take Over Instagram In Response To Racial Injustice

As a result of the events happening in the United States that demand justice for racism, modern artists have taken to social media to post works that challenge, educate, and, ultimately, offer a space for reflection during this turbulent time.

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I Lobo You has found some of the most powerful modern art images by artists shared on Instagram in recent days.

Toyin Ojih Odutola

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Speaking with my dear friend and fellow artist, @tionam, yesterday, she spoke so eloquently of how in times of great pain, anger, and confusion, it’s a radical act to create beauty. We have to fight against the urge to contribute to the pain, it’s a daily fight to do so. I hold that close to my heart now. While finishing up #ACountervailingTheory for @barbicancentre, I was quietly working on a small series originally to show @jackshainman gallery’s W24th Street, set to open in May. At first, I wasn’t sure whether it was the right time to exhibit, due to the drastic changes we are all undergoing because of the Coronavirus as well as the more recent, horrific events that have transpired, prematurely making ancestors of beloved black and queer lives. Thinking of all the people effected by the virus, by systemic oppression and injustice, all the stories and the new ways we all are adjusting to our present reality transmitted into these works. The series collated to become “Tell Me A Story, I Don’t Care If It’s True,” comprising mainly of drawings and text I’d drawn and written during lockdown—now, an online exhibition live @jackshainman’s website Viewing Room. I sincerely hope these works bring you all solace, a moment of respite, and space to ruminate—quietly, steadily. I hope it helps you all gather, to heal, to find the beauty in our fleeting moments despite the pain and trauma, and in the end, some semblance of peace in the midst of this cruel madness. @jackshainman and I are very proud and honored to share 10% of the proceeds from sales to @moms4housing and the umbrella organization for First Nations COVID-19 Response Project, under the Navajo Nation Relief Fund. Thank you all so much for your continued support. With love and blessings, always, Toyin. PS: I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to @tionam, @joeonna, @chuckmonsey, @rebeccamecklenborg, @mseringilbert, @noteghost, and @lamthuyvo—you all helped make this entire project possible. Link to the exhibition in the bio. ________ Pictured: As He Watched Him Walk Away, 2020, #ToyinOjihOdutola. Colored pencil and graphite on Dura-Lar.

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Speaking with my dear friend and fellow artist,  Tiona Nekkia McClodden, yesterday, she spoke so eloquently of how in times of great pain, anger, and confusion, it’s a radical act to create beauty. We have to fight against the urge to contribute to the pain, it’s a daily fight to do so. I hold that close to my heart now.

says modern artist, Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya

The Los Angeles-based contemporary art photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya challenges our relationship with an image by deconstructing classic subjects such as the male nude and self-portrait using mirrors, drapery, and collage.

Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas, who is known for his provocative photographic and text-based works that explore African-American identity and commodification, posted the work Sunday, March 7 1965 from his 2014 “History Doesn’t Laugh” series. 

History doesn’t laugh.

states modern artist Hank Willis Thomas.

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Daniel Arsham

Daniel Arsham shared this striking modern art painting by Los Angeles artist Alex Gardner.

Diedrick Brackens

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Where to begin… We are all feeling it, helplessness in the face of tragedy after tragedy. We all want to do something. As we watch the madness unfolding in Minneapolis and across the country. We see folks on the frontlines, making a difference and exercising their rights to protest. In spite of the COVID-19 epidemic, there are folks still willing to take to the streets and risk everything to fight for justice for all of us. It is important to us that we get funds to those in need and want a positive change. Diedrick Brackens and Calida Rawles have created a limited run of posters to raise funds supporting the organizations above. You will receive both artist posters with proof of your direct donation (in the amount of $100 dollars or greater) to one of these efforts. Donate by link in bio and email your receipt to action@vsf.la #DiedrickBrackens #CalidaRawles #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaylor #AhmaudArbery #TonyMcdade #TakeAction #BlackLivesMatter #Minnesota #protest #Louisville

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The Texas-born, Los Angeles–based modern artist who is bringing the medium of tapestry into the 21st century with bold contemporary weavings that explore the complexities of being black and queer in the U.S. today shares a striking split-image of his work paired with the photographer Calida Rawles. 

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Isaac Julien 

London artist Isaac Julien shares Who Killed Colin Roach? (1983), one of his earliest photographic works that document the true story of a young man’s suspicious death at the hands of the police, after he was shot at the entrance of a police station in East London, in 1982.

Jordan Casteel

The young Colorado-born artist creates large-scale figurative canvases of black subjects drawn from photographs she takes.

Lorna Simpson

“Arrests and convictions of all individuals involved in lynch mobs and all acts of hate, an end to police brutality and murder of black people and massive massive change to a dangerously unjust justice system. “

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