Do Not Resist? 100 Years of chicago police violence is a community-based, artist-led visual project & exhibition, curated by a small team of artists within For The People Artists Collective.
While our city has recently been in national headlines around Jon Burge Torture, the Homan Square ‘black site’, and the Laquan McDonald dash cam video, we, as both artists and organizers, see the need to go beyond a fixation on these isolated incidents. The Black Lives Matter movement is at a pivotal moment where dialogue has shifted from challenging police brutality, to challenging the violence inherent in policing as a whole system. This shift manifests in public demands being made by Black organizers to #DefundPolice and to #FundBlackFutures. The organizers within us know that this shift is critical to pushing closer towards liberation. The artists within us know that we are needed to help envision what our liberation could look like.
The exhibition will allow audience members to engage with Chicago’s history of police violence in order to better understand what led to our present circumstances. The exhibition will invite viewers to imagine a future without policing, serving as a space in which we can envision new structures for community safety that are not reliant on police and prisons.
This month-long, city-wide exhibition will take place at the Hairpin Arts Center and Art In These Times in Logan Square, Uri-Eichen gallery in Pilsen, Roman Susan Gallery in Rogers Park. The exhibition will be paired with teach-ins, workshops, performances, and panels on the topics of policing, challenging state violence, exploring abolition, and community healing.
Hairpin Arts Center
January 12, 2018
6pm Doors Open
7pm Program (details TBA)
○ gender-neutral bathrooms
○ seating available
○ close to public transit
○ free to the public
Light snacks and drinks provided
FTP artists Monica Trinidad, Sarah-Ji Rhee, Ruby Pinto, Deb Kim and Serena Hodges