(ST. LOUIS Tuesday, December 1, 2020) — Black-led arts organization UrbArts will open an art exhibition featuring works addressing ongoing instances of police brutality locally and nationally. Due Process Denied displays the works from nine Black St. Louis-based artists. This is the first art exhibition at UrbArts since the global pandemic prompted closings throughout the region in March. It opened with a reception featuring music curated by Siddall tha Selecta on Friday, November 20th at 6:00 pm. The next viewing is Dec 4th at 6:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets and masks are required.
Artwork will be on view from November 20, 2020 through January 18, 2021.
“I want people to leave this exhibit visually full, mentally perplexed, and spiritually inspired and encouraged to keep fighting for our equality, our justice,” said Billy Williams curator for this exhibition. Williams’ artwork is also featured in this exhibit under his pseudonym Bill Bill.
Black artists have long participated in movements for human rights and equal protection under the law. This exhibit is the latest iteration of using creative expression to raise awareness about continued problems in urban communities between policing and living in the St. Louis metro area. Due Process Denied is the first of many exhibits to come from UrbArts that humanizes this fraught relationship between civilians and law enforcement. Its aim is to place the burden of peace keeping on police officers and not on the victims of police misconduct.
Artists featured in this show include C’Babi Bayoc, Eugenia Alexander, De’Joneiro Jones, Dannie Boyd, Pacia, Bojo, Billy Bill, Darnell Malone and William Burton. Select artwork from the exhibit can be purchased through UrbArts.org while on view.
“The response that I received from artists was tremendously positive and supportive,” Williams said.
In June, UrbArts announced an initiative using art to address seemingly intractable issues such as police misconduct and the system that shields abusive officers from accountability. Calling it Create Pressure, UrbArts supports ongoing efforts for change in the metropolitan area through arts-based programs and events. During the coronavirus pandemic, visiting the UrbArts gallery in Old North St. Louis requires a reservation or a ticket. A virtual exhibit will available online November 20th, 2020.
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