Featured Artist:

Artists of The Breath Act Movement

In honor of Breath Day September 29th and The Breath Act, our featured artist of the week will be the featured artists on the Breath Act's website.

 

"This visionary bill divests our taxpayer dollars from brutal and discriminatory policing and invests in a new vision of public safety—a vision that answers the call to defund the police and allows all communities to finally BREATHE free."

The Breathe Act is presented by the Electoral Justice Project of the Movement for Black Lives.

Movement for Black Lives Art Gallery

What The River Brings
Amir Khadar
Amir Khadar is a Sierra Leonean-American multidisciplinary artist and educator from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their main mediums are poetry, fibers, and digital art. Regardless of medium, their practice has always been grounded in afro-futurism, black beauty, and ancestral practices. They have done extensive work with Parenting for liberation, Wakanda Dream Lab, Forward Together, and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Amir is currently a student at Swarthmore College.
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Tatyana Fazlalizaden
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Tatyana Fazlalizaden
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Black / Iranian visual artist and Oklahoma City native. She is a painter whose work ranges from the gallery to the streets, using visual art to address the daily oppressive experiences of marginalized people through beautifully drawn and painted portraits. Her street art series, “Stop Telling Women to Smile,” addressing sexual harassment in public spaces, can be found on walls across the globe. For the past 8 years, Tatyana has worked as a socially engaged artist. She creates work that tells the experiences of women and Black folk in the public space. Working with individuals and groups, community engagement is the crucial part of her work to share the stories and experiences of marginalized people. In 2019, she was the inaugural Public Artist in Residence for the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Fazlalizadeh has been profiled by the New York Times, NPR, MSNBC, the New Yorker, Time Magazine. Fazlalizadeh’s work can be seen on Spike Lee's Netflix series, She's Gotta Have It, for which she is also served as the show's art consultant. In 2020, Tatyana's debut book Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We're Taking Back Our Power released from Seal Press. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Fresh Air
Kah Yangni
Kah Yangni is a self-taught illustrator and muralist living in Philadelphia, PA. They make heartfelt art about justice, queerness, and joy. Their clients include the New York Times, Vice, BUST Magazine, Rock the Vote, the National Women’s Law Center, the Transgender Law Center, and others. They've presented their work for the Poster House in NYC and the RISD Museum, and their work has been featured in Them, Mashable, Hyperallergic, and Colorlines.
Corner Store
Nikkolas Smith
Nikkolas Smith, a native of Houston, Texas, is a concept artist, children's book author, a Hollywood film illustrator and an Artivist. He is the author/illustrator of The Golden Girls of Rio, nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and My Hair Is Poofy And That's Okay. As an illustrator of color, Nikkolas is focused on creating captivating art that can spark important conversations around social justice in today's world and inspire meaningful change. Many of his viral and globally shared and published sketches are included in his book Sunday Sketch: The Art of Nikkolas. Nikkolas also speaks at conferences, workplaces and schools all over the country, and leads workshops in digital painting, character and movie poster design. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Intelligent Mischief (Aisha Shillingford and Terry Marshall
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Intelligent Mischief (Aisha Shillingford and Terry Marshall
Aisha Shillingford & Terry Marshall - Intelligent Mischief is a BedStuy Brooklyn-based Creative Studio unleashing Black imagination to shape the future. Their work boosts invention and imagination, realigns action logic, and experiments with new forms of culture and civil society to create atmospheres of change. They create multi-platform story worlds, experiences and ephemera based in Black utopias
Innocence in the Aftermath
Desmond Blair
Desmond Blair is not your usual speaker, teacher and passionate artist; he is a problem solver and has been since childhood. Blair had to learn how to write since he was born without fingers. He tried writing with his feet, his mouth and soon discovered he could use both hands to accomplish this insurmountable task. Blair’s story has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Jet Magazine, NBC 5 Midday, Dallas Morning News, CW33, and other various media outlets. Desmond is a true force of nature with his compelling message on how to be the master of the soul with divine passion.
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