Black Lives Matter
A statement from Julian Peña Gallery regarding the recent series of murders by police brutality.
July 8, 2020
We grieve while standing in solidarity, in the wake of the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, for their lives taken along with many other black men and women murdered by police officers. We stand in solidarity 100% with Black youth, families, and communities across the nation protesting police brutality and demanding justice. We support accountability. The killings must end NOW! Support Black Lives Matter Seattle.
As active protests and dismantling of an oppressive system continues, we’re engaged in hard conversations. Residing at the edge of the protests in Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA, where our community makes a stand that continues to inspire, there’s a sense of harmony and humanity from mutual aid efforts and the unification of black-led organizers, allies, and the community.
In the arts, racism, white supremacy, and systemic under-representation of artists other than white males remains disgracefully low; 75% of artists in US museums are by white men as evidenced in the Williams College funded Diversity of Artists in Major Museums 2019 report by Chad Topaz, data visualized in 2019 by female artist Mona Chalabi, of Iraqi immigrant ethnic heritage, within her artwork Who Are You Here To See; “The worst represented group in the US art world are women of color. We make up just 1% of all of the artists in major collections despite the fact that we account for 20% of the US population," and a CUNY’s Guttman College research study represented by the New York City’s top 45 commercial galleries revealed in 2017 that “80.5% of all artists at the top 45 New York galleries were white, though if the statistics are parsed to focus only on US artists, then the percentage climbs to 88.1%. In a country that’s 64% white, that’s a drastic difference.”
As we push for changes until racial equity becomes the norm, we realize the work begins with us. Julian Peña Gallery supports Black Lives Matter Seattle, and is committed to empowering black artists among the under-represented and traditionally under-resourced artists the gallery showcases, and invites everyone to support.