In wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, artists have quickly responded with works of art, attempting to spread awareness of injustice and memorialize Floyd.
For artists, creativity is a channel that allows them to speak out within their communities.
Minneapolis artists Greta McLain, Xena Goldman, and Cadex Herrera acted quickly and painted a wall mural at the location of Floyd’s arrest three days after his death.
The movement which demands justice for George Floyd and other African Americans that have been brutally murdered is part of the larger Black Lives Matter movement and has expanded far beyond Minneapolis.
People worldwide urge for police officers involved in unjust murders to be arrested, stereotypes to be dismantled, and for there to be changes within governmental systems and laws.
Artist Shirien Damra’s memorial image dedicated to George Floyed has been shared all over the world through social media.
Art helps to bring communities together during this time of grieving and urges viewers to combat stereotypes. Additionally, art serves as a call to action for viewers to get out into the world, spread awareness, and make a change.
The art being created as memorial images for George Floyd also serves a major purpose in bringing attention to the larger social issues at hand. It can touch emotions that eventually help us move toward social justice.
As protests erupt throughout the US, memorials, demonstrations, and art is created all over the world demanding change.
*partially sourced @ edition.cnn.com