Art always has and always will share a symbiotic relationship with that of the social landscape of the world. Whether it be the cheeky illustrations featured in The New Yorker, or the great painterly works of artist George Condo, all artists display their personal account of the world around them. As for the present? The social and political landscape is currently ripe with a menacing cloud of fear and anxiety. Anxiety that has spurned from years of terrorist activity and an increasingly hostile refugee crisis. As a result, populism and furthermore, right-wing conservatism continues to topple the many progressive nations of the world to the point where a clear line is being drawn.
In his series entitled The Unwilling Martyrs, Justin French illuminates the enormous hurdles and outright disdain experienced by the Black Lives Matter movement.
As a way to combat this “us vs. them” ideology, Galerie Number 8 has released a photographic exhibition that aims to speak about this growing divisiveness. For example, in his series entitled The Unwilling Martyrs, Justin French illuminates the enormous hurdles and outright disdain experienced by the Black Lives Matter movement. The exhibition essentially showcases a harsh reality: our divisiveness will ultimately serve as a leading factor to the utter destruction of the human race.
Featured in the show are the likes of Justin French, Nicolas Henry, Ivan Forde and David Uzochuckwu to name a few. The online exhibition Pulling Down the Walls was displayed from November 8 to December 16, but many of the pieces can still be viewed via GUP Magazine.