INSIDE OUT CHARLOTTESVILLE: THIS IS WHAT COMMUNITY LOOKS LIKE!

Charlottesville, VA, USA

118 Portraits - August 2019

Statement

*SELF-PRINT ACTION INSPIRED BY THE INSIDE OUT PROJECT*

INSIDE OUT CHARLOTTESVILLE: THIS IS WHAT COMMUNITY LOOKS LIKE!

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA: In 2017 - “The Summer of Hate” - the Ku Klux Klan came out of the shadows and rallied in a downtown park on July 8. Then on August 11 & 12, white nationalists and Neo-Nazis paraded with tiki-torches, shields, and weapons on the grounds of the University of Virginia and in downtown streets protesting the proposed removal of Confederate statues. After a domestic terrorist drove his car into a group of peaceful protesters, killing one woman and wounding dozens of others, our town became a hashtag for modern-day racism and anti-semitism.

In the summer of 2019, we tell a different story -- one that shows what it looks like when a community fights back against the destructive forces of white supremacy, hatred, and systemic racism. This project features 120 faces of those working for racial and economic justice in our community. The silhouette represents many others who could not be included: some did not want public recognition, preferred for others to be lifted up, or were not available. Some had personal security concerns.

These are people who speak truth to power, and who work quietly behind the scenes. They raise their voices, their pens, their paint brushes for affordable housing, educational excellence for all children, access to healthy food, immigrant rights, legal rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and against environmental racism. With many other life obligations, they still find time to devote themselves to this work.

They are activists, historians, lawyers, rabbis, ministers, educators, students, chefs, gardeners, actors, and artists. They bring forgotten stories to life and confront systemic racism from both inside and outside institutions. Sometimes they resist racial injustice just by surviving.The work is not easy. They don’t do it ‘for show’ or for votes. They do not always agree on the best or most appropriate tactics to use in the fight for social justice. But they all care deeply about our community, and all are living the change they want to see in the world.

To the individuals represented on this wall, and those unable to be pictured, we say, “You make our community stronger. We thank you. We honor you. We SEE you. Now the world will too.”

This public art installation is supported by the City of Charlottesville/Unity Days, a series of events and programs taking place during the summer of 2019 that educate, inspire, and honor people in our community, with the goal of moving towards economic and racial justice for all.

Special Thanks to: Photographers Eze Amos & Kristen Finn, Charlene Green, Brian Wheeler, Bill Banowsky, Joe Vena, Dorothy Batten, Ken Thacker, Teresa Hamm Modley, Lamont Sandridge, Jack Horn, Nikki Fuller, Alan Goffinski, Justin Black, Will Gemma, Ben Doernberg, Will May, and the INSIDE OUT CVILLE committee: Aniko Bodroghkozy, Matthew Christensen, Lisa Draine (lead organizer), Don Gathers, Tanesha Hudson, Dolly Joseph, Susan Minasian, Rosia Parker & Katrina Turner.


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These photos show the posters pasted in the streets

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