FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS: Public Art Protest Signs Campaign Hit the Streets in Detroit, Michigan by Adeshola Makinde
Alongside Adeshola Makinde’s solo exhibition RELEVANT, an outdoor public art wheat-paste campaign is now on view throughout Detroit. FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS.
RELEVANT is Chicago-based artist Adeshola Makinde’s debut solo exhibition curated by Juana Williams, highlighting the fervor of the Civil Rights Movement, a significant moment in African Americans’ long-held fight for the same constitutional and legal rights other Americans benefited from. He is particularly referencing protest signs from the Civil Rights era to encourage a discussion centered on the continued relevance of the signs more than 50 years later. The exhibition will open on July 30th and be on view through August 28th at PLAYGROUND DETROIT, 2845 Gratiot Avenue by appointment weekly Thursday- Saturday 12-5pm.
The intention behind his exhibition is to bring forth a reminder that the fight is ongoing, despite many discussions about it as if it took place centuries ago. The moment we currently find ourselves in, speaks to that very sentiment. When referencing the protest signs and attire from the Civil Rights Movement, he recognized the uniformity in design that reflected the strong-held belief in the Black community that a unified voice was necessary in bringing forth the message of the people during that time. In RELEVANT, Makinde uses screen-printing to highlight the importance of unity, making a variety of statements that come together as one voice.
PUBLIC ART LOCATIONS IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN
|8391 W Grand River Ave & Spokane Ave||W Grand River Ave & Spokane Ave|
|14957 Grand River Ave & Robson St||Grand River Ave & Robson St|
|14925 Grand River Ave & Robson St||Grand River Ave & Robson St|
|8522 W Grand River Ave & Maplewood Ave||W Grand River Ave & Maplewood Ave|
|9201 Joy Rd & Esper St||Joy Rd & Esper St|
|8347 W Grand River Ave & Spokane Ave||W Grand River Ave & Spokane Ave|
|11749 W Grand River Ave & Ohio St||W Grand River Ave & Ohio St|
|14901 Grand River & Terry St||Terry St|
|14927 Grand River Ave & Terry St||Grand River Ave & Terry St|
|9483 Grand River Ave & W Chicago||Grand River Ave & W Chicago|
|11627 Livernois & Burlingame||Livernois & Burlingame|
|5055 Joy Rd||Grand River Ave|
|9415 Grand River Ave & Greenway Ave||Grand River Ave & Greenway Ave|
|8544 Grand River Ave & Heritage Pl||Grand River Ave & Heritage Pl|
|11748 Livernois Ave & Tuxedo St||Livernois Ave & Tuxedo St|
|8464 Grand River Ave & Quincy St A||Grand River Ave & Quincy St|
|8464 Grand River Ave & Quincy St B||Grand River Ave & Quincy St|
|8361 W Grand River Ave||W Grand River Ave|
|5550 Joy Rd & Northfield St||Joy Rd & Northfield St|
|11697 Livernois Ave & Webb St||Livernois Ave & Webb St|
RELEVANT exhibition at the gallery at 2845 Gratiot Avenue is on view through August 28th by appointment weekly from Thursday- Saturday 12-5pm.