Outrage over insensitive art on the Atlanta BeltLine
Posted September 4
ATLANTA, GA — Several photographs of black men in jail on the Atlanta BeltLine are causing plenty of controversy.
The photos were hung near MLK Jr. Drive.
CBS46 did some digging and found the photographs were placed on the Georgia based photographers-only fence called "The Georgia Fence." The exhibit features ten notable Georgia photographers presented in an approximately 250 foot long exhibition of photography that fits the themes of home, streets, people, creatures, nature and play.
We spoke to one woman who rides her bike on the BeltLine often.
"If this is their community and this is something they're ok with maybe that's different. Personally I would not want it in my community."
The photos have since been taken down.
CBS46 reached out to the BeltLine officials to get a response and they issued the following statement:
We have seen the photos that were installed on the Westside Trail and we are gravely concerned that those images were a part of this year's Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibit displayed in the community. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine was created to make art accessible to everyone by bringing the exhibit to public spaces and in doing so, be respectful of the community. The photos that were displayed did not reflect our commitment to do that. The community is understandably and justifiably upset and for that we humbly apologize. We make no excuses and are in the process of investigating the process of how this occurred in order to take the most appropriate action to ensure this does not happen again. This includes seeking new ways to involve communities in the art selection process so that it is inclusive and respectful of their rich and vibrant history. On September 14th at our 3rd Quarterly Briefing we will provide an update to the community on the Art of the Atlanta BeltLine exhibit and we look forward to hearing their concerns and getting their feedback on ways we can improve the process.