Los Angeles, CA – Cardi B and Anderson .Paak are among the names of people who’ve contributed to an art exhibit and upcoming benefit auction to help the families of Black women killed by the police.
The Los Angeles-based exhibit, titled “Show Me the Signs,” features over 100 different protest signs contributed by the likes of both Cardi and Paak as well as Billie Eilish, Bruno Mars, Jim Carrey and more.
The exhibit is on display at Blum & Poe gallery through November 14, but the live auction starts on November 10. All proceeds will go to the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) #SayHerName Mothers Network, which “works with the mothers and families of Black women, girls and femmes killed by police to elevate their stories and fight for justice.”
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Blum & Poe is pleased to host “Show Me the Signs,” a preview exhibition of an upcoming benefit auction to help the families of Black women killed by the police. Over 100 artists have created powerful pieces in the form of protest signs to fight for change, with all works being auctioned and 100% of the proceeds going to the African American Policy Forum #SayHerName Mothers Network. Founded by AAPF in December 2014, the #SayHerName campaign works with the mothers and families of Black women, girls, and femmes killed by police to elevate their stories and fight for justice. “Black women and girls do not fit the most accessible frames of anti-Black police violence, and because of that, it’s difficult to tell their stories in a way that people recognize and remember,” said Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, AAPF executive director and founder of Say Her Name. “By working with the families of slain Black women, AAPF’s #SayHerName campaign resists Black women’s invisibility by telling their stories.” Featuring works by artists across creative industries including April Bey, Cardi B, Jim Carrey, George Condo, Billie Eilish, Aaron Fowler, David Hockney, Rashid Johnson, Bruno Mars, Marilyn Minter, Nancy Rubins, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn, “Show Me the Signs” brings together a diverse and inclusive collective of creative voices that reinforce solidarity and empower love. The benefit auction will be hosted on Artfizz, a new online community-driven marketplace for contemporary art, which is offering its platform to support the initiative prior to its official launch later this fall. Click the ? in bio for more info. “Show Me the Signs” will be on view at Blum & Poe, LA October 30-November 14. The live auction will begin on November 10. #showmethesigns Image: Installation view of “Show Me the Signs” at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2020, photo: Ed Mumford.
Paak shared his contribution in a post on Instagram, which included a letter to the future.
“Dear future, I’m writing to you from the year 2020,” it reads. “I hope you’re doing better than we are, and in your world the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ is no longer controversial.”
Because of COVID, the benefit auction will be hosted online at Artfizz. More info is available at their website.
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Proud to be part of the #showmethesigns exhibition, open now at @blumandpoe LA through November 14, 2020 ✊? 100% of the proceeds from the benefit auction go to the @aapolicyforum #SayHerName campaign. View/Bid now www.artfizz.com @artfizz