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Ervin A. Johnson : #InHonor : Monoliths

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Arnika Dawkins Gallery presents #InHonor: Monoliths, a  series of portraits by Savannah College of Art and Design Master of Fine Art recipient Ervin A. Johnson during Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2019. #InHonor: Monoliths features work created by the artist and is his creative response to the Black Lives Matter movement. The Black Lives Matter movement describes itself as a “call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society”. Throughout history artists have responded creatively to their time; and at times are dialed in to a different level of sensitivity to what is going on around them. #InHonor: Monoliths explores notions of confrontation, forthright exploration and seeks understanding surrounding destruction of lives due to police cruelty. #InHonor: Monoliths is a continuation of a series of portraits created to honor Blackness. Johnson states that, “this body of work speaks to the racial violence and discrimination currently occurring across America, particularly in the form of police brutality”. He further describes that the faces in “#InHonor: Monoliths reference validation, representing not only individuals, but in a deeper way the face of...

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