A collaborative presentation by Intermedia Arts, Obsidian Arts, and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Hands Up Don’t Shoot – HER
Curated by Roderic Southall
Where are the protests and riots when the lives of black women are ended at the hands of police?
Hands Up Don’t Shoot – HER, a new visual art exhibition, raises long-standing and uncomfortable questions about the value of the lives of black women (as well as what makes a woman) in a time and place where whole communities seem to be at war with their local police systems.
Recent deaths of black women, killed by or after encounters with the police, have not garnered nearly the level of attention or outrage of similar incidents involving male victims. Curated by Roderic Southall, Hands Up Don’t Shoot – HER features work by local and national artists centered around the role and value of black women in our present volatile and violent time. Southall, who has curated shows with Obsidian Arts, brings a perspective that is rooted in a love for his native Minneapolis.
Hands Up Don’t Shoot – HER is a partnership among Intermedia Arts, Obsidian Arts, and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities seeking to geographically and intellectually connect one another’s communities, audiences, and students.
Faith [In]Action?, a sister exhibition at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, examines the role and response of the faith community to the significant number of black lives ended by policing systems. Co-curated by Roderic Southall and Sheryl Schwyhart, these works seek to reveal the measure of Faith in Action (or conversely, Faith Inaction) and to create a broader conversation using art as the touchstone.
Both exhibitions are curated through a jury selection process. The selection panelists are Hawona Sullivan Janzen, Leola Johnson, and Jann Cather-Weaver.