When: April 8-17 2015
At the opening of Re-Visions: Black and Brown Resisting State Violence, Lara Kiswani, the executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), made it clear that the work in the show was not made by people who are primarily artists. They are activists and organizers involved with organizations that AROC works with, and the pieces themselves are not just paintings, drawings, and photos, but political acts of resistance in themselves. The show was primarily brought together by AROC and Art Forces, the group behind the Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural across from Uptown Body and Fender (401 26th St.), where this exhibit is currently on display. It features an array of locally created works that focus on action, resilience, and empowerment, specifically challenging state violence, policing, and prisons. With each group of works accompanied by a long statement from the artist, the show draws connections between similar injustices taking place all over the world. To further that discussion, a roundtable event will be held on April 17 at 6 p.m., featuring a panel moderated by Maisha Quint from Eastside Arts Alliance. Also a commemoration of Palestinian Prisoners Day, this show has a more powerful and important impact than most.