Artists create murals, messages on boarded up windows on Durham buildings
For people born and raised in Durham, seeing the damaged, boarded up buildings was jarring. However, that plywood is becoming the canvas of an art project that seeks to express feelings during a time of tension and change.Posted — Updated
The art community is launching an initiative to amplify the message behind self-expression during a time of tension and change--not as a beautification effort, but to echo the voices speaking up.
Soon paintings across this entire area will cover the plywood, in hopes to bring self-reflection and understanding.
“We’re saying we’re pro-black. We’re saying do the right thing. We’re saying black lives matter,” said a local artist who goes by the name Gemynii.
Gemynii's art centers a lot around social injustice. She's finishing up a mural at BeYu Cafe now, but in the past hate-groups have destroyed her projects.
“I think a lot of people see the tagging of graffiti as a negative thing, but I think that it's public art,” said Marcella Camara, a cultural organizer.
Some business owners plan to keep the artwork up for as long as possible; others will help artists auction the work off or donate it to charities supporting racial equality.
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