I have a few holiday crafts lined up for this week; but in light of the news in the U.S., particularly Ferguson, Missouri, I didn’t feel that it was appropriate to share one today. Last night we watched CNN news of the grand jury case on Michael Brown’s death. It was a split screen, one with attorney Bob McCullough announcing the grand jury’s decision, and the other of an aerial view of people gathered outside Ferguson’s police department. The video was a powerful image of people’s reactions to McCullough’s statement. (CNN also has photographs of the response in Ferguson moments after the announcement.)
As we’re all reading news articles on people’s reaction to the case., artists are responding to what’s happening in Ferguson through art.
Street art, graffiti art, and other art mediums can send a powerful message or preserve memory beyond written words. For example, Hong Kong activists are preserving their memories and message through their symbolic yellow umbrella.
During Turkey’s Taksim Gezi Park protest, Professor Christiane Gruber from the University of Michigan photographed over 3,000 images of her experience in Turkey. As she photographed, she noticed a change in the way people shared their opinions. Gruber states, “Even in situations of extraordinary violence and trauma, humans across the board use comedy and humor as a form of tension release and as a way to build group cohesion through laughter.”
The situation in Ferguson, Missouri, is very tense. Public reaction is strong. And thanks to a friend who wrote this, “Praying for peace tonight for those who are hurting, for those who are making noise because their voices have not been heard. Praying for change.”
A movement for change can happen through one image. That’s the power of art.
From my hometown to yours,