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SVA Community Responses to the Black Lives Matter Movement Pt. 5
August 21, 2020
A photograph of three workers at Grandchamps talking with one another.
Credit: Credit: Jim Estrin

As the worldwide actions against systemic racism and police brutality continue—set against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic that is disproportionately affecting communities of color and worsening inequality—there has been a wave of donations, incisive commentary and moving artwork in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. As in recent weeks, we have collected below a selection of BLM-related work, created by SVA community members.

Last month, New York Times photographer and SVA MPS Digital Photography faculty member Jim Estrin wrote and photographed a story about the effects of police violence and racism on a group of black workers at a restaurant in Brooklyn.

A photograph of a worker taking the order of a customer through a window by Jim Estrin.

A photograph of Terry McLaurin, a cashier at Grandchamps, who said she had been stopped by the police more than a dozen times, by SVA faculty member Jim Estrin for The New York Times.

MFA Fine Arts faculty member Marilyn Minter is a part of the Artists Band Together campaign. As part of the effort, she created this limited-edition bandana to symbolize the importance of democratic values, demand justice in the streets, and make sure all Americans can make their voices heard this upcoming presidential election. 100% of proceeds will go to voter-registration organizations committed to inspiring everyone to vote. Alumnus Christine Sun Kim (MFA 2006 Fine Arts) also contributed to the project.

Natalie Grant (BFA 2020 Photography and Video) shared this piece as a reminder of the importance of self-love.

BFA Photography and Video student Chris Facey shared one of his photographs as a cautionary note to those who continue to fight and protest: there is "still no peace."

And Kip Omalade (MFA 1991 Media Arts) shared this oil on canvas painting with the statement: "It's absurd to bring up 'Black on Black crime' whenever there's a discussion about state-sanctioned public executions of innocent African Americans by law enforcement."