I feel that I am a citizen of the American Dream and that the revolutionary struggle of which I am a part is a struggle against the American nightmare.Eldridge Cleaver
The artists in this show have addressed two major events of 2020: the protests and movements that surround the issues of race in the United States, as well as the global pandemic. Their work reflects the comforting and constant presence amid the experience of isolation and the fear of uncertainty; their work is the challenge and our reprimand to continual injustice. Art itself is revolution; it is struggle. Art is reflective of dreams and of nightmares.
This year, 2020: a pandemic affected the entire globe. The response of the United States government to this virus was the worst in the world. As we open this show, the US continues to lead the world with the highest percentages of infections and death.
This year, 2020: almost 60 years after the American Civil Rights movement, systemic racism continues to be a virus that plagues the United States. Widespread protesting and civil unrest were sparked by the murder of George Floyd, another death in the serial killing of Black Americans by police.
Fatalities from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, are mostly connected to underlying health conditions – but the pandemic has also exposed and underscored underlying inequities, especially in the United States, across a broad spectrum. Systemic racism and oppression exist in both overt forms and as underlying societal conditions.
FROM THE JUNCTURE TEAM:
WE STAND with the Black Lives Matter movement and support initiatives to defund and demilitarize police. We oppose racism in any form and join our voices with all of those who are demanding an end to institutionalized and systemic racism.
WE EMPATHIZE with all who have been affected by COVID-19. In this most difficult year, we urge all members of our community to take care of their own physical and mental health as well as that of others.
WE ACKNOWLEDGE our presence on the ancestral homelands of the Kumeyaay people. We offer our respect to their elders and past, present, and future generations. We stand in solidarity with Land Back initiatives and support the sovereign rights of Indigenous Nations.