Revolutions are sparked and continued by a collective agreement. This agreement to persistently voice and activate one's cause comes in many forms of-arguably one of the most important forms being through art.
Art defines generations, and- in the activism attached- comes to represent the collective consciousness of a movement. London's Tate Modern is doing it's part at supporting a legacy in its recently mounted exhibit "Soul of a Nation: Art In the Age of Black Power". In this exhibit, the spirit of black liberation is immortalized and pedestrianized through the artistic lenses of its participants- as pieces are displayed paying a personal homage to their era.
Starting in 1963- shaped by a blossoming consciousness of integration and Civil Rights- this visual journey travels through the layers of black deliverance- beautifully and poignantly showcasing the creative residue of the African American experience.
Art tells more than words ever could, and these awe-inspiring works transport the viewer almost directly into the creator's state of mind; into their yearn for autonomy in a time of oppression-sparked genius. Some of the most potent activism is by way of artistic ammunition- and its relevancy persists.
This era of revolution changed the trajectory of art in America- integrating a medium before the nation itself. Out of a concreted system grew these roses, and the displayed collection of artists nurture the cause in the perfect way.
Check out some of my favorite pieces below, and look further into the London exhibit: open at the Tate Modern until October 22nd!
By Cree B. McClellan, AFROPUNK contributor