(b. 1990, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York)
Still Protesting, 2020. Oil paint, sand and vinyl glitter on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Vigo Gallery, London
This landscape focuses on a centered structure that represents abundance. The prosperity given by the structure comes from the conduits that meet at access points of information and resources. 8 minutes 46 seconds is time expressed in the cement area that serves as a moment of remembrance that sparked another uprising and unrest in the black and brown community. The characters and marks give essence to the individual lives fighting in protest for one cause of social justice. Enough is enough, we demand a change!
Jamaal Peterman is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.