On April 27, 2015, friends, family and mourners gathered around Freddie Gray’s casket as it was being lowered into the ground at Woodlawn Cemetery in Baltimore. Freddie Gray was a 25 year old black man who died from spinal injuries a week after he was arrested by Baltimore police. This is now another death of a black man in police custody. Parts of Baltimore became chaos with torching of businesses and police cars and throwing bricks at police officers. The riot is the latest flare up amid the national debate over police use of force, especially when black suspects are involved.
The Human Gallery do not promote violence. This is not a way to resolve problems or change a situation. Riots hurt a community far more than it helps but anyone could see that this heated situation would soon boil over.
DVNLLN captured powerful images of the city’s chaos and did an excellent job showing the emotion and turmoil behind what is going on in Baltimore. You can see more and follow on his Instagram at BYDVNLLN.
Pieter Hugo is a man’s man type of photographer. He’s from South Africa, currently living in Cape Town and his images are unapologetic. And incredible. He specializes in portraiture and my favorite exhibition of his to date is “The Hyena and Other Men”. These images document men from Nigeria who perform with wild animals such as hyenas, baboons, snakes, etc. I believe Pieter Hugo best describers what it is that is so inciting about the relationships he has photographed: “I look back at the notebooks I had kept while with them. The words ‘dominance’, ‘codependence’ and ‘submission’ kept appearing. These pictures depict much more than an exotic group of travelling performers in West Africa. The motifs that linger are the fraught relationships we have with ourselves, with animals and with nature.” Continue reading →
Najee Dorsey’s mixed media series “Resistance,” is an artistic commentary on the various ways individuals have used their voice and bodies to “resist” and fight against the powers that be. Partially inspired by the Occupy Movement, Dorsey’s renditions include the Haitian Freedom Fighter Toussaint L’ouverture, A Native American man taking up modern arms, and an ode to unsung she-ro Claudette Colvin, amongst others. Dorsey also includes various protest signs and anecdotes that feature social commentary about the current economic and social condition in America. Utilizing the digital medium to create these works demonstrate Dorsey’s range as an artist. He is particularly adept at weaving in multiple colors and layers to tell a story both aesthetically and thematically. Continue reading →
In 2012, Nigeria experienced unprecedented floods that affected more than 7.7 million people, 363 people were reported dead and more than 600,000 homes had been destroyed in over 32 states in Nigeria. Nigerian photographer August Udoh captures the disaster in this photo essay. Continue reading →
Throughout history, mankind had to fight for respect, equal opportunities, and a better environment to live. Human rights is the rock we all stand on to make up who we are and where we all want to be. The struggle is real and we let our voices be heard, no matter which topic is close to our hearts. This is a time that like minded people rally together and try and fight the current situation at hand, whether it’s racial equality, police brutality, women’s rights, gay rights, marijuana rights, political change, animal rights or employment rights. Whenever there is an issue at hand, we band and fight for the cause. That is our human right. The following images are from past protest around the world and up to the current situation here in America. Continue reading →