Riot

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. 
   

                 

All images by DVNLLN

Black Lives Matter (NSFW)

There have always been a lack of color in the art world. It is important to put in the forefront, cultural diversity, depicting the true America and most importantly, the realistic world. We live on a planet that offers so much diversity, yet it is somewhat missing in our art galleries, museums and even fashion magazines. In most African American art, we see days of slavery , poverty and struggle instead of just seeing the beauty of black people. There are more to African Americans than just a slave and civil rights history. Through media, daily encounters and recent events, it is quite obvious that racism is still alive. Black lives do matter and The Human Gallery would like to showcase the fact that black is beautiful and black people, as in all races, are works of art too, without having to be depicted as impoverished. This series of photos are not to stir up debate about racism or the suffering of black people, but for a change, just showcase the rarely seen vision of African Americans as just simply artistically beautiful and worthy of gallery exposure. And just a note, not all photographers are African American. This is about the subject.

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Photo by Ahmad Barber

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